Books similar to A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments

A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again:  Essays and Arguments
In this exuberantly praised book — a collection of seven pieces on subjects ranging from television to tennis, from the Illinois State Fair to the films of David Lynch, from postmodern literary theory…
Rate it:
Goodreads members who liked this book also liked:
Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace
In David Lipsky’s view, David Foster Wallace was the best young writer in America. Wallace’s pieces for Harper’s magazine in the ’90s were, according to Lipsky, “like hearing for the first time the br…
Rate it:
White Noise
3.93 avg. rating
· 18443 Ratings
Part of the Penguin Orange Collection, a limited-run series of twelve influential and beloved American classics in a bold series design offering a modern take on the iconic Penguin paperback

For the s…
Rate it:
Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace
The first biography of the most influential writer of his generation, David Foster Wallace

David Foster Wallace was the leading literary light of his era, a man who not only captivated readers with his…
Rate it:
The Crying of Lot 49
3.70 avg. rating
· 67715 Ratings
Suffused with rich satire, chaotic brilliance, verbal turbulence and wild humor, The Crying of Lot 49 opens as Oedipa Maas discovers that she has been made executrix of a former lover's estate. The pe…
Rate it:
The Recognitions
4.17 avg. rating
· 3914 Ratings
The book Jonathan Franzen dubbed the "ur-text of postwar fiction" and the "first great cultural critique, which, even if Heller and Pynchon hadn't read it while composing Catch-22 and V., managed to a…
Rate it:
Bleeding Edge
3.58 avg. rating
· 9499 Ratings
Thomas Pynchon brings us to New York in the early days of the internet

It is 2001 in New York City, in the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11th. Silic…
Rate it:
JR
4.27 avg. rating
· 2241 Ratings
J R is the long-awaited novel from William Gaddis, author of The Recognitions, that tremendous book which, in the twenty years since its publication, has come to be acknowledged as an American masterp…
Rate it:
The Corrections
3.79 avg. rating
· 144791 Ratings
Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction
Nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award
An American Library Association Notable Book

Jonathan Franzen's third novel, The Corrections, is a great…
Rate it:
CivilWarLand in Bad Decline
4.25 avg. rating
· 13769 Ratings
In six stories and the novella, Bounty, Saunders introduces readers to people struggling to survive in an increasingly haywire world.
Rate it:
My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist
3.71 avg. rating
· 1559 Ratings
My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist is a postmodernist/absurdist book composed of 17 loosely-related chapters with no general storyline. It is voiced in first-person by an anonymous narrator often using …
Rate it:
How to Be Alone
3.60 avg. rating
· 9387 Ratings
From the National Book Award-winning author of The Corrections, a collection of essays that reveal him to be one of our sharpest, toughest, and most entertaining social critics

While the essays in this…
Rate it:
Underworld
3.93 avg. rating
· 23469 Ratings
While Eisenstein documented the forces of totalitarianism and Stalinism upon the faces of the Russian peoples, DeLillo offers a stunning, at times overwhelming, document of the twin forces of the Cold…
Rate it:
V.
3.96 avg. rating
· 17199 Ratings
Que signifie V. ? Victoire, vol d'oiseaux, ou encore Vheissu, un pays imaginaire et mystérieux ? C'est la question que se pose Herbert Stencil depuis qu'il a repéré le fameux signe dans le journal int…
Rate it:
Vineland
3.71 avg. rating
· 7872 Ratings
A group of Americans in Northern California in 1984 are struggling with the consequences of their lives in the sixties, still run by the passions of those times -- sexual and political -- which have r…
Rate it:
Lost in the Funhouse
3.71 avg. rating
· 5398 Ratings
Barth's lively, highly original collection of short pieces is a major landmark of experimental fiction. Though many of the stories gathered here were published separately, there are several themes com…
Rate it:
Stop-Time
3.94 avg. rating
· 2004 Ratings
First published in 1967, Stop-Time was immediately recognized as a masterpiece of modern American autobiography, a brilliant portrayal of one boy's passage from childhood to adolescence and beyond. He…
Rate it:
Mao II
3.69 avg. rating
· 9143 Ratings
"One of the most intelligent, grimly funny voices to comment on life in present-day America" (The New York Times), Don DeLillo presents an extraordinary new novel about words and images, novelists and…
Rate it:
Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West
Blood Meridian is an epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America's westward expansion, brilliantly subverting the conventions of the Western novel and the mythology of the Wild West…
Rate it:
Gravity's Rainbow
3.95 avg. rating
· 36771 Ratings
Winner of the 1973 National Book Award, Gravity's Rainbow is a postmodern epic, a work as exhaustively significant to the second half of the 20th century as Joyce's Ulysses was to the first. Its spraw…
Rate it:
Inherent Vice
3.73 avg. rating
· 27236 Ratings
Part noir, part psychedelic romp, all Thomas Pynchon - private eye Doc Sportello comes, occasionally, out of a marijuana haze to watch the end of an era as free love slips away and paranoia creeps in …
Rate it:
My Year of Flops: The A.V. Club Presents One Man's Journey Deep into the Heart of Cinematic Failure
In 2007, Nathan Rabin set out to provide a revisionist look at the history of cinematic failure on a weekly basis. What began as a solitary ramble through the nooks and crannies of pop culture evolved…
Rate it:
Stephen Hero
3.73 avg. rating
· 831 Ratings
Stephen Hero is a posthumously-published autobiographical novel by Irish author James Joyce. Its published form reflects only a portion of an original manuscript, part of which was lost. Many of its i…
Rate it:
Pulphead
4.01 avg. rating
· 6500 Ratings
In Pulphead, John Jeremiah Sullivan takes us on an exhilarating tour of our popular, unpopular, and at times completely forgotten culture. Simultaneously channeling the gonzo energy of Hunter S. Thomp…
Rate it:
Esau
4.32 avg. rating
· 351 Ratings
Esau is a saga of several generations in a family of bakers spanning the period from World War I and the inception of the British Mandate in Palestine through the mid-seventies in Israel. Patriarch Ab…
Rate it:
Poor People
3.74 avg. rating
· 830 Ratings
because i was bad in my last life.because allah has willed it.because the rich do nothing for the poor.because the poor do nothing for themselves.because it is my destiny.

These are just some of the an…
Rate it:
Pastoralia
4.13 avg. rating
· 14518 Ratings
With this new collection, George Saunders takes us even further into the shocking, uproarious and oddly familiar landscape of his imagination.

The stories in Pastoralia are set in a slightly skewed ver…
Rate it:
Agitación
3.58 avg. rating
· 36 Ratings
Freire, en su tercer libro –con el que obtuvo el XI Premio Málaga de Ensayo– sostiene que, si la sociedad ha adoptado las hechuras de un carnaval perpetuo, detenerse a pensar es una buena forma de ins…
Rate it:
Great Jones Street
3.50 avg. rating
· 2687 Ratings
A troubling satire of the romantic myth of stardom and the empty heart of rock and roll, more relevant than ever in our celebrity-obsessed times.

Bucky Wunderlick is a rock and roll star. Dissatisfied …
Rate it:
Flashover. Incendio a Venezia
3.67 avg. rating
· 67 Ratings
La sera del 29 gennaio 1996 un incendio illumina il cielo di Venezia: il teatro La Fenice brucia. L'incendio è stato appiccato dal titolare di una piccola ditta in ritardo sulla fine dei lavori per il…
Rate it:
Libra
4.00 avg. rating
· 12971 Ratings
From the author of White Noise (winner of the National Book Award) and Zero K

In this powerful, eerily convincing fictional speculation on the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Don DeLillo chronicles L…
Rate it: