A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: An Essay (Digital Original)

A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: An Essay (Digital Original)

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by David Foster Wallace
     
 

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One of David Foster Wallace's most famous essays, now available as an eBook short.

Beloved for his keen eye, sharp wit, and relentless self-mockery, David Foster Wallace has been celebrated by both critics and fans as the voice of a generation. In this hilarious essay, originally published in the collection A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again,

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One of David Foster Wallace's most famous essays, now available as an eBook short.

Beloved for his keen eye, sharp wit, and relentless self-mockery, David Foster Wallace has been celebrated by both critics and fans as the voice of a generation. In this hilarious essay, originally published in the collection A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, he chronicles seven days in the Caribbean aboard the m.v. Zenith. As he partakes in supposedly fun activities offered on the luxury tour, he offers riotous anecdotes and unparalleled insight into contemporary American culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316224765
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
04/01/2012
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
114,975
File size:
880 KB

Meet the Author

David Foster Wallace was born in Ithaca, New York, in 1962 and raised in Illinois, where he was a regionally ranked junior tennis player. He received bachelor of arts degrees in philosophy and English from Amherst College and wrote what would become his first novel, The Broom of the System, as his senior English thesis. He received a masters of fine arts from University of Arizona in 1987 and briefly pursued graduate work in philosophy at Harvard University. His second novel, Infinite Jest, was published in 1996. Wallace taught creative writing at Emerson College, Illinois State University, and Pomona College, and published the story collections Girl with Curious Hair, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, Oblivion, the essay collections A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, and Consider the Lobster. He was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, and a Whiting Writers' Award, and was appointed to the Usage Panel for The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. He died in 2008. His last novel, The Pale King, was published in 2011.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 21, 1962
Date of Death:
September 12, 2008
Place of Birth:
Ithaca, NY
Place of Death:
Claremont, CA
Education:
B.A. in English & Philosophy, Amherst College, 1985;MFA, University of Arizona, 1987

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Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 42 reviews.
David Eppelsheimer More than 1 year ago
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.^??
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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Clever, hilarious and uncannily truthful. Another amazing read by DFW.
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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
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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