A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays And Arguments

Paperback | February 2, 1998

byDavid Foster Wallace

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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 to the supposed fun of traveling aboard a Caribbean luxury cruiseliner - David Foster Wallace brings to nonfiction the same curiosity, hilarity, and exhilarating verbal facility that has delighted readers of his fiction, including the bestselling Infinite Jest.

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In A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, David Foster Wallace brings together writings on a range of subjects that only he could rationalize. From personal narratives to tennis, film, philosophy and postmodern literary theory, no subject is outside the play of his imagination. In the title essay, Wallace reports with excruciating...

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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 to the supposed fun of traveling aboard a Caribbean luxury cruiseliner - David Foster Wallace brings to nonfiction the same curiosity, h...

David Foster Wallace was born in Ithaca, New York, in 1962 and raised in Illinois, where he was a regionally ranked junior tennis player. He received bachelor of arts degrees in philosophy and English from Amherst College and wrote what would become his first novel, The Broom of the System, as his senior English thesis. He received a ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1 inPublished:February 2, 1998Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316925284

ISBN - 13:9780316925280

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In A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, David Foster Wallace brings together writings on a range of subjects that only he could rationalize. From personal narratives to tennis, film, philosophy and postmodern literary theory, no subject is outside the play of his imagination. In the title essay, Wallace reports with excruciating humor the agonies of enduring forced fun on a commercial cruiseliner. Wallace's sports obsession comes out in an essay about the unfathomable gulf between professional tennis players and the merely excellent. Exploring all phenomena of popular culture, from fairs to television, this collection reveals the writer.