Girl with Curious Hair

Girl with Curious Hair

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by David Foster Wallace
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393313964

ISBN-13: 9780393313963

Pub. Date: 02/17/1996

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

Remarkable, hilarious and unsettling re-imaginations of reality by "a dynamic writer of extraordinary talent " (Jennifer Levin, New York Times Book Review).Girl with Curious Hair is replete with David Foster Wallace's remarkable and unsettling reimaginations of reality. From the eerily "real," almost holographic evocations of historical figures like Lyndon Johnson

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Remarkable, hilarious and unsettling re-imaginations of reality by "a dynamic writer of extraordinary talent " (Jennifer Levin, New York Times Book Review).Girl with Curious Hair is replete with David Foster Wallace's remarkable and unsettling reimaginations of reality. From the eerily "real," almost holographic evocations of historical figures like Lyndon Johnson and overtelevised game-show hosts and late-night comedians to the title story, where terminal punk nihilism meets Young Republicanism, Wallace renders the incredible comprehensible, the bizarre normal, the absurd hilarious, the familiar strange.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393313963
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
02/17/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
118,174
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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Girl with Curious Hair 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
cpauthor More than 1 year ago
When most people feel they're up to the task of reading David Foster Wallace, they tend to gravitate towards Infinite Jest, attracted in part by the huge mass. This, an earlier book by him, is a much better intro to the man's work, and a great book in its own right. Apart from Donald Barthelme, Wallace has written here the most peculiar, audacious, and funny book of contemporary times. When I wrote my book, I thought back lovingly of Girl With Curious Hair. The author is one of my idols and is sorely missed.
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Ladshomes More than 1 year ago
Scholars count David Foster Wallace (poss best known for Infinite Jest) among POMO icons, but most of the stories are more enjoyable than some POMO. I didn't like the title story, but many are poignant or insightful with cultural references that layer but aren't necessary to the read. There are even some "laugh out loud" moments throughout. His characters are people you know or know of, his voices seem spot-on, his settings are alternately bizarre or ordinary. One of my fav quotes: "one kind of response to Otherness. Say the whole point of love is to try to get your fingers through the holes in the lover's mask. To get some kind of hold on the mask, and who cares how you do it" (32). Try him out.
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This is supposed to be the work of a genius? When it wasn't pretentious, it was boring. When it wasn't boring it was neurotic. The last story was particularly awful. Worst of all, nothing left a lasting impression. Definitely not DFW's best work. I'd even say his estate shouldn't have let this be published.