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

it was amazing
Recommended for: smart people
Read in December, 2007

So, I have a crush on David Foster Wallace. It's long-standing, and quite inappropriate given that he's *so much* smarter than me. Maybe I should only give 'Lobster' 4 stars, because I couldn't get through the 'American Usage' essay without skimming and then going back and skimming some more. I guess I'm not enough of a SNOOT.

Still, everything DFW does is amazing. I'm constantly amazed at his intellectual genius (and knowledge of so many subjects). I think what I really value in his writing, though, is a sense of emotional intelligence and intuitiveness that belies his age and (forgive me for my momentary sexism) penis-ownership. One gets a sense during his essay on the AVNs (the porn-awards for you non-industry people) that his understanding of human sexuality (and perhaps more specifically, female sexuality) is far more nuanced, considered, and humor-filled than anyone else writing about sex in contemporary culture today. His writing about Max Hardcore (and the gonzo-porn trend in general) in 1998 was rather prescient as well.

I could go on and on, but I won't... Pick up the book, and read whichever essays strike your fancy. I'm still finishing some of them.
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