Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
David Foster Wallace made an art of taking readers into places no other writer even gets near. The series of stories from which this exuberantly acclaimed book takes its title is a sequence of imagined interviews with men on the subject of their relations with women. These portraits of men at... show more
David Foster Wallace made an art of taking readers into places no other writer even gets near. The series of stories from which this exuberantly acclaimed book takes its title is a sequence of imagined interviews with men on the subject of their relations with women. These portraits of men at their most self-justifying, loquacious, and benighted explore poignantly and hilariously the agonies of sexual connections.
Publish date: April 1st 2000
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Pages no: 321
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Literary Fiction
, Short Stories
, Short Story Collection
Oh gosh, what to say about this book. Well, this is my first David Foster Wallace book. I've known people who think he's brilliant and then I've also talked to people who are not so fond of him. I'm not going to form an opinion off of one book, though. Brief Interviews had its moment of brillianc...
It is hard to consider this collection of "interviews" without considering the author's subsequent suicide. Each of the stories concerns a very educated very conflicted man generally dealing with his relationships with a woman or women in general. The voice throughout is colloquial and often power...
I forgot, going into Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, about the experimental David Foster Wallace. After some time away from his work, I remembered the most distinctive parts - footnotes/endnotes, long recursive discussions about sincerity vs. appearance, elevated vocabulary - and forgot his abil...
Read this. Now. And if you can't read it, listen to it as an audio book. That's what I did (read by the man himself). Unbelievable. If you go the audio book route - you may just end up sitting in your parked car for 45 minutes unable to tear yourself away before the story's over.
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men is Wallace's way of communicating what a lesser person would deem incommunicable. These men are hideous not for some exceptional flaws in their characters but for a universally hated virtue, that is, honesty. They lie, cheat, obsess, fornicate and what not, like all...