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Girl With Curious Hair by David Foster Wallace
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Nov 21, 2010

really liked it
Read in November, 2010

Well, I liked it said Florence.
I thought the title story was fucking hilarious actually and set the tone for the entire volume - from what I'd understood about DFWallace I'd expected someone a lot more serious rather than the Burroughsian dislocations to be found in this volume. 'Lyndon' I thought was not all that but did give me dreams about working for the Head of the Civil Service. The final story is obviously in dialogue (but that's what you're supposed to say!) with John Barth's 'Lost in the Funhouse'.
'John Billy' seems to be an exercise in narrative form and he also has a thing about television shows, but after all we are amusing ourselves to death.
I read this while sharing a room with a fella who asked me if it was any relation to 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'. I wonder if it would be possible to relate them, or rewrite the Millennium Trilogy (in c. 1000 words) as by DFW. It is the sort of project that he himself would have liked to take on.

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