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Consider the Lobster and Other Essays by David Foster Wallace
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Mar 12, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: funny, literary, real-worldy
Read from March 12 to 20, 2011

Not a single false note. I've not come across any other writer who can so sensibly explore the recursive gaze of the postmodern condition, while at the same time striving to transcend po-mo irony in favor of sincerity and deeply-felt warmth. Foster's greatest strength--aside from the fact that he has absolutely pitch-perfect command of the English language, and can deploy it at will to be clever, funny, erudite, moving, flippant, etc.--is the kindness and generosity with which he treats his subjects. Whether discussing the morality of eating (possibly) pain-feeling crustaceans, the surrealism of the annual Adult Video News awards, the paradox of John McCain's authenticity, or the power politics embedded in the dictionary, DFW has a magical ability to evoke compassion, empathy, and regard for our common humanity.
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