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Consider the Lobster and Other Essays by David Foster Wallace
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Nov 11, 2007

it was amazing
Recommended for: Anyone
Read in August, 2007

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.
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