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A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace
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Sep 25, 07


The eponymous essay is one of the funniest things I've ever read. I had it read to me for the first time while driving down the 95 in New Jersey. I literally had to pull off to the side because I was laughing so hard. He manages to be both critical and humane, existentially tortured (in a way I relate to) and culturally insightful (in a way I aspire to). My favorite line, after an exhaustive list of the various types of skin ailments and the like he has seen on the cruise: "In short, I have seen nearly naked many people whom I would have preferred not to see nearly naked."

Am I a slavish, pathetic DFW fanboy? Yeah, I guess so. But it's writing like this that makes me so.
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