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A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

    Excellem Excellent

    DFW is probably best known for his expansive yet deliberate literary schematics characterized by Oblivion and Infinite Jest. However, the fly-on-the-wall journalism that DFW regularly offered readers during the nineties and aughties was, to me,* his most compelling work. I wish that he was with us to see the technology of popular reading finally catch up to his work's idiosyncratic hypertextuality.** Throw away all those extra bits of paper for holding your place and pick up an e-reader.? This is how DFW's work is meant to be read.^??

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2000

    satire rules the modern world

    This title once again shows that Mr. Wallace is one of the premier quthors of modern fiction. The great thing about this book is that it isn't fiction. It is about the human psyche and how perception is played out in many feilds of interaction and display. If you found Infinite Jest to be humorous than imigine if it were a true story of social distress. That is what this book is presenting. Don't let the word essay scare you, this is not dull reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Fantastic!

    Clever, hilarious and uncannily truthful. Another amazing read by DFW.

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  • Posted May 23, 2012

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    Reviewed by Janet J for Readers Favorite From a midwestern stat

    Reviewed by Janet J for Readers Favorite

    From a midwestern state fair, a Celebrity Caribbean Cruise, the effect of TV on the masses, pop culture, tennis, math, and pop culture, to an analysis of David Lynch films, this collection of essays by David Foster Wallace runs the gamut. The seven pieces in this 1998 collection, "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again," were originally commissioned for national publications including Harper’s Monthly. The essays including the more famous and hilarious 'A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again', penned aboard a luxury cruise ship, are thought-provoking and challenging, insightful, articulate, witty, ironic, and at times simply brilliant. This collection of essays by David Foster Wallace is also a reminder of American pre-recession, pre-911/ Home Security culture, before the heyday of reality television, smart phones and social networking. The footnotes compete with the text in value and are worthy of perusal on their own.

    With keen observations and a true genius for language, Wallace offers a most unique perspective on every subject he addresses, and does so with exhaustive determination. This collection is not a light read; each essay could also be approached within its cultural and historical context and appreciated from an academic point of view. In this audio version of "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again," the excellent narration by Paul Garcia complements the text, creating vivid visual images for the listener.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2011

    I may have missed something

    I was bored to tears reading this book. I didn't find any humor in it. It was dry and tedious. Not a fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2003

    Amazing in a simple way

    I enjoyed A Supposedly Fun Thing so much that I have been recommending it to many people. That doesn't happen often; I am usually bored by essays because they are usually so self-conciously written. But Wallace writes like he's taking a risk at revealing what he really thinks; he seems genuinely in awe of the age in which he lives, and can't seem to believe it's happening to him even while it's happening (the cruise ship story). I'm glad I did not read Mr. Wallace's other works before this collection of essays. I'm not sure I will; from the reviews it seems that he has not grown into fiction and that using his words to reflect the modern world is hi

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