Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace
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David Foster Wallace made an art of taking readers into places no other writer even gets near. The series of stories from which this exuberantly acclaimed book takes its title is a sequence of imagined interviews with men on the subject of their relations with women. These portraits of men at their most self-justifying, loquacious, and benighted explore poignantly and hilariously the agonies of sexual connections.
 

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David Foster Wallace wrote the novels The Pale King, Infinite Jest, and The Broom of the System and the story collections Oblivion, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, and Girl With Curious Hair. His nonfiction includes Consider the Lobster, A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, Everything and More, and This Is Water. He died in 2008.
 
Published September 5, 2009 by Little, Brown and Company. 338 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Sex rears its comely, come-hither head in the chronicling (in “Forever Overhead—) of the perplexing sensations of adolescence in full eruption, and particularly in “Adult World,” a deliriously expanding Robert Coover—like fantasy spun from a young wife’s fretful confusion about pleasing-vs.- offe...

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The ''hideous men'' in Wallace's short stories are monstrous, parodic versions of Updikean characters, scrutinized with the eye of a pathologist -- think of Rabbit Angstrom as Hannibal Lecter.

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Brief Interviews with Hideous Men David Foster Wallace Abacus £6.99, pp273 Buy it at a discount at BOL Long before Dave Eggers attracted critical attention for the tongue-in-cheek metafictional self-deconstructing style in A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, David Foster Wallace (w...

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Publishers Weekly

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Wallace, the young turk author whose ubernovel, Infinite Jest, was way too bulky for audio adaptation, throws himself gamely into the medium now, reading from his short fiction collection.

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For most of its running time, John Krasinski’s adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s short-story collection Brief Interviews With Hideous Men consists of little more than a series of monologues, and plays like some abstract theater exercise, hosted by a college coffeehouse.

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Pajiba

By doing so, with what was an amazingly transformational love story in the book, the climax story of the movie feels like absolute bullshit.

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About.com

The brief interviews of the title of David Foster Wallace's collection of short fiction refers to a series of fictional dialogues with conniving and misogynistic men speaking openly with a female interviewer.

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Common Sense Media

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that this indie relationship drama directed by The Office star John Krasinski based on the story collection Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace is aimed at adults.

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Boston.com

In reading David Foster Wallace’s “Brief Interviews With Hideous Men,’’ it may never have crossed your mind that his assault on a particular type of gender politics would make a cute little movie.

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The Rumpus

My boyfriend insisted I read Brief Interviews with Hideous Men when we started dating.

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The Paris Review

My old favorite bars for reading, the Spring Street Lounge and the International Bar, have both undergone renovations and are hopelessly changed.

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The Paris Review

Try “Robot Dancer.” —Sadie Stein My experience with Egyptian art is limited mostly to the blockbuster stuff—I remember seeing traveling shows in Texas, where the heavy eye makeup and big jewelry of the statuettes and masks seemed to make a certain kind of sense—and it’s impressive, to say the ...

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Ken Greenleaf

Bleeding admiration for the David Foster Wallace stories on which it’s based, John Krasinski’s directorial debut follows Sara Quinn (Julianne Nicholson) as she interviews men about their sexual proclivities for her master’s thesis.

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Film School Rejects

For those who have never attended the Sundance Film Festival, every year there is a set of festival promos that run before all of the films.

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