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message 1: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer RIGHT??!?

message 2: by s.penkevich (new)

s.penkevich Super excited for this. Already pre-ordered ha. That and his new collection of unpublished essays.

message 3: by Christopher (new)

Christopher New collection of unpublished essays?! That's news to me! Other than a couple I came across on the internet, I've not read any of his nonfiction. But I went into a youtube rabbit hole the other night watching him talk. He's definitely a better writer than talker, but he's always intriguing.

message 4: by s.penkevich (new)

s.penkevich Both Flesh and Not: Essays
Yeah, I love all those interviews. He seems very shy and self-conscious, but it was rather endearing. There was one where he kept apologizing for not answering all that well after giving a huge insightful examination of Lynch. I wondered how brilliant his thoughts must be when he is disastisfied with the brillance he is able to articulate.

message 5: by Alex (new)

Alex Thanks for reading this so I don't have to!

message 6: by Christopher (new)

Christopher Haha! My pleasure... or frustration, rather...

message 7: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer i'm still keen to read this. and pale king. :)

message 8: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Reads & Reviews Love your review's format! Will read Pale King instead. Thanks!

message 9: by Christopher (new)

Christopher Jennifer wrote: "i'm still keen to read this. and pale king. :)"

Yeah, don't let me stop you. It's a quick read and pretty well written still, just don't expect any revelations.

Chance wrote: "Love your review's format! Will read Pale King instead. Thanks!"

Thanks! I'm really looking forward to it now too.

message 10: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer yeah, i had read somewhere else that it wasn't terribly revelatory. but...i am still eager to read pretty much everything by dfw and about dfw. :/

message 11: by Steve (new)

Steve I'd heard similar so-so to negative things from other people about this one. Thanks for substantiating. I'm guessing you'll like Lipsky's extended interview / road trip with DFW a lot more:

A bit of his anxiety was on display, but whole lot more of his gifts were, too.

message 12: by Christopher (new)

Christopher Yeah, I'll probably do that one sometime, Steve. The best parts of this book were the quotes of DFW, so I shoulda just read what you suggest!

message 13: by [deleted user] (new)

I've been living with clinical depression with major episodes for a little less than 20 years now and from that standpoint I can say that trying to analyze dfw, why and how what he wrote didn't necessarily align with his personal life is useless and a waste of time. This amazing man earned all the praise he will ever receive because he managed to write and publish such monumental book at all. Only the very special and gifted ones manage such a feat while living the torments of this crippling illness. David's personal life and his action will remain for the most part incomprehensible for healthy people and there's no amount of books about him that'll change that. Let's just enjoy and appreciate and even criticize what dfw created despite the odds. A fun review Christopher, btw :p

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