Girl With Curious Hair

Paperback | February 6, 1996

byDavid Foster Wallace

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Girl with Curious Hair is replete with David Foster Wallace's remarkable and unsettling reimaginations of reality. From the eerily "real," almost holographic evocations of historical figures like Lyndon Johnson and overtelevised game-show hosts and late-night comedians to the title story, where terminal punk nihilism meets Young Republicanism, Wallace renders the incredible comprehensible, the bizarre normal, the absurd hilarious, the familiar strange.

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It's often said that writing good short stories is infinitely more difficult than writing good novels. That's hard to imagine when reading David Foster Wallace's spellbinding tales. The way his stories flow from the page you hardly notice that you're reading: the characters and situations are so real it's as if they spring, fully forme...

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Girl with Curious Hair is replete with David Foster Wallace's remarkable and unsettling reimaginations of reality. From the eerily "real," almost holographic evocations of historical figures like Lyndon Johnson and overtelevised game-show hosts and late-night comedians to the title story, where terminal punk nihilism meets Young Republ...

David Foster Wallace (1962-2008) is the author of Infinite Jest, Girl with Curious Hair, Everything and More, The Broom of the System, and other fiction and nonfiction. Among his honors, he received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, and a Whiting Writers' Award.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 8.3 × 5.5 × 0.9 inPublished:February 6, 1996Publisher:WW Norton

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ISBN - 10:0393313964

ISBN - 13:9780393313963

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It's often said that writing good short stories is infinitely more difficult than writing good novels. That's hard to imagine when reading David Foster Wallace's spellbinding tales. The way his stories flow from the page you hardly notice that you're reading: the characters and situations are so real it's as if they spring, fully formed, from his mind into yours. The stories in Girl with Curious Hair include gems of characterizations that range from Lyndon Johnson to punk nihilists to young Republicans. As he twists words, people and events around you see the world from a completely different angle: so much so that when you emerge you won't recognize your surroundings.

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Mr. Wallace brings us, time and again, to hidden, mythic places that are strange yet oddly familiar. He succeeds in restoring grandeur to modern fiction. — Jennifer Levin (New York Times Book Review)A collection of stories as varied in length and theme as they are imaginative, and downright bizarre as any collection by one author has a right to be.... Truly funny surreal humor. — Benedict Cosgrove (San Francisco Chronicle)These stories say something serious and sincere about the world that the rest of us have to live in. — Madison Smartt Bell (Washington Post Book World)