DFW's challenging fiction, while super-smart, often requires back-tracking and exhaustive concentration.
His searing essay collections, though, are an easier read. Consider the Lobster
, much like his earlier collection,
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again
, is sharp but effortlessly absorbable.Lobster
takes us behind the scenes at an awards ceremony for porn stars, on a sea-to-plate journey with the crustacean of our desires, and deep into the psyche of a former girl tennis champion, among other things.
Wallace's opinions and words, as usual, are excruciatingly well-considered, fluid and cutting. I liked it so much I went out and bought the audiobook version so I can listen to his Napoleon-Dynamite delivery while I work. Highly recommended.