Consider the Lobster and Other Essays
Do lobsters feel pain? Did Franz Kafka have a funny bone? What is John Updike's deal, anyway? And what happens when adult video starlets meet their fans in person? David Foster Wallace answers these questions and more in essays that are also enthralling narrative adventures. Whether covering the... show more
Do lobsters feel pain? Did Franz Kafka have a funny bone? What is John Updike's deal, anyway? And what happens when adult video starlets meet their fans in person? David Foster Wallace answers these questions and more in essays that are also enthralling narrative adventures. Whether covering the three-ring circus of a vicious presidential race, plunging into the wars between dictionary writers, or confronting the World's Largest Lobster Cooker at the annual Maine Lobster Festival, Wallace projects a quality of thought that is uniquely his and a voice as powerful and distinct as any in American letters.
Publish date: December 13th 2005
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 343
Edition language: English
, Literary Fiction
, Short Stories
This isn't a review of the essays, because they're obviously incredible, but just to say that I listened to this as an audio book on a long car ride and it was such a great experience. I definitely recommend it, whether you've already read this collection or not. I know audio books are a contentious...
A bit uneven. DFW is of course at his best when describing the absurd byways of contemporary American society and culture (I enjoyed "Big Red Son", "Up, Simba" and "Host" most of what's in this collection), but I find I've grown a bit less patient with the often quite bland philosophizing that he se...
I don't think there is anything new I can say about David Foster Wallace - he is brilliant and funny and manages to both go over my head and stay down to earth at the same time. I'm really glad I read this collection of essays before tackling Infinite Jest, kind of like stretching before a marathon...
Commenting, reviewing or adding to something that David Foster Wallace has written is few notches above my abilities. There are some writers that you like and some others that you love, but there are very few that you really respect. Foster is probably the only writer for whom I have great respect, ...
David Foster Wallace seems to have had the ability to take any topic and make it acutely interesting, revealing an intense devotion to whatever it is he had decided to (or agreed to) write about. This couldn't be more true in this collection of essays, which included, among other topics, his experi...