Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace

Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace

by David Lipsky
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Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found DFW's comments though provoking and it inspired me to attempt Infinite Jest, the 1,100 page book which is the reason for the book tour interviews that lead to this book. Ultimately this is heartbreaking because readers know how it ends. That DFW commits suicide since his medication for depression no longer works. What a loss for us all. I'm glad David Lipsky saved the tapes and was able share this with us after all. Transcripts of spoken conversations are often awkward but Lipsky does an admirable job of making himself unobtrusive while sharing additional context.
Steven_Stoeckle More than 1 year ago
I bought the book, and the audio book (for long car rides). The book is great... Wallace fans will not be disappointed. However, the audio book actors are atrocious. The person reading the Wallace parts (though we have to ask since this was audio tape to begin with why is the audio book a couple of actors reading a transcript of an audio tape anyway) sounds nothing like DFW. Beyond that he reads passages as if he has just recently learned the english language, but still doesn't have the rhythm down. Both actors affect cheesy actory like voices...like someone doing a characature of audio book actors in a satirical way. Read the book...skip the audio book...or buy it too if you want to hear how bad it actually is.
Thomasina More than 1 year ago
I loved this.. obviously DFW fans will appreciate this, but also anyone interested in literary biographies. This is incredibly unique - so be prepared for the 'interview' format - but it wouldn't have been the same without having DFW's voice transcribed here. Lipsky's commentary at the beginning is worth picking up the book all by itself. He is very thoughtful with his words and it is obvious that this experience with DFW and the experience of looking back at it is very important to him.
paulfarahvar More than 1 year ago
I am not a HUGE fan of DFW but have always been fascinated by his works, especially the non-fiction stuff. This is the closest thing out there that's biographical, that I have seen at least. Good book, good interview and provides the reader with the behind the scenes veiw of the whirlwind of DFW's life. I would recommend it. Paul
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