Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace
And Other Essays

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Do lobsters feel pain? Did Franz Kafka have a funny bone? What is John Updike's deal, anyway? And what happens when adult video starlets meet their fans in person? David Foster Wallace answers these questions and more in essays that are also enthralling narrative adventures. Whether covering the three-ring circus of a vicious presidential race, plunging into the wars between dictionary writers, or confronting the World's Largest Lobster Cooker at the annual Maine Lobster Festival, Wallace projects a quality of thought that is uniquely his and a voice as powerful and distinct as any in American letters.
 

About David Foster Wallace

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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 December 1, 2005 by Little, Brown and Company. 352 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Another savory, hard-thinking, wildly imaginative collection of essays and observations from the artful Wallace (Oblivion, 2004, etc.).

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Publishers Weekly

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Novelist Wallace (Infinite Jest ) might just be the smartest essayist writing today. His topics are various—this new collection treats porn, sports autobiog

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Publishers Weekly

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This audiobook is like no other—not for the fabulous essays or deft narration, but for its inclusion of footnotes. Audio footnotes? It's quite simple. When Wallace reads his plentiful foo

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The Guardian

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Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace Abacus £10.99, pp344 The secret pleasure of reading David Foster Wallace is still, for a fortunate minority, just possible in Britain.

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Publishers Weekly

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Though this collection comprises a mere four hours on three discs, Wallace's depth and breadth creates the sensation of a larger narrative—an audible confirmation that modern American writing continues to gain strength.

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BC Books

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What's appealing about Wallace's essays is how he turns simple subjects — lobster festivals, John McCain, pornography, dictionaries — into thoughtful epics.

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Examiner

John Updike wrote his fair share of novels.

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Book Reporter

David Foster Wallace's latest offering is a smorgasbord of expository essays on seemingly randomly tied-together subject matters with little or no connection, aside from the fact that Wallace wrote them, either for previous publication elsewhere (Rolling Stone, Gourmet) or for possible publicatio...

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Nights and Weekends

Others are just a few words that could have easily been made a parenthetical statement—and it would have kept me from having to pause in my reading, scan down to the bottom of the page, and read “(so to speak).” Wallace’s writing has a cynical, elitist 1 tone to begin with—and the excessive foot...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Always it is something that only Wallace would have written.’" Steve Weinberg San Diego Union-Tribune 3 of 5 Stars "Following Wallace into and out of variously self-deprecating, snarky, purely academic, mostly academic, anti-academic, blindside-you-with-a-killer-line alleys, alcoves and bywa...

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Project MUSE

Certain section titles explicitly make the distinction between opinion and fact: “Purely Informative,” “Contains What Might Be Perceived as Editorial Elements,” “Unalloyed Information,” “Editorial Quibble,” “Strenuously Non-Editorial.” The selfconsciously ironic titles, allow Wallace to enact in ...

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News Review.

The appeal of David Foster Wallace writing about the Academy Awards of porn, which he does in his new essay collection, Consider the Lobster and Other Essays, is the incongruity.

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Ben Casnocha

It’s what makes him attractive, it’s what frustrates his readers in a delicious way: the only person who could do a just profile of David Foster Wallace is David Foster Wallace himself.

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The Paris Review

When he’s feeling like his usual self, he enjoys reading Brian Moore and John Banville, outsmarting Stephen Fry on reruns of Qi, and finishing the Irish Times cryptic crossword in half the time it takes me to struggle through the Simplex.

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The Boston Phoenix

In this context, Back Bay Books is publishing DFW's McCain essay in its third incarnation -- as a stand-alone book called McCain's Promise, with an intro by Slate.com writer Jacob Weisberg.

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