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Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace
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Jun 02, 08

bookshelves: non-fiction
Recommended to Amanda by: Colette Alexander, Saba Afshar
Read in May, 2008

This was my first DFWallace and I will read more. He is a really smart dude. I'm kind of grossed out by lobsters right now but I think their deliciousness will override the fact that they are sea-bugs. Things in addition to lobsters for the reader to consider: a review of John Updike describing a novel that reads like John Updike is badly imitating himself; a really, really long and really, really interesting review of a dictionary; thoughts on Dostoevsky; attending a porn awards show; Kafka is funny; why sports autobiographies are terrible; McCain2000 (so timely again!); and I didn't reread "Host" because I just read The New Kings of Nonfiction and it is included in there.

Great essay collection and definitely recommended. The essays included are meaty (no pun) contributions so there's not very many of them, so it's not as snackable as some collections are -- I wouldn't use it as a palate cleanser or anything, as I tend to do with anything "collected." I was bemused and pleased at how many of the essays are actually book reviews spun out and up and over.
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