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I'm a woman from the baby boomer generation and I can't remember being as inspired by any writer ever more than I am by David Foster Wallace. He has given us the gift of a very real magic mirror in which to see ourselves and our culture. He dares us to look into it and not look away again until we are changed. I thank this most skillful and artful of humans who sacrificed himself to leave us with these experiences, begging for us to live with a broader bandwidth of understanding.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Ten years ago I started Infinite Jest. I made it to page 89. I stopped not because it was too difficult or not interesting, but because I simply wasn't in the mood for such a commitment at the time. I've read longer books and enjoyed them, so it wasn't the length either.
Fast forward to the present and my new audible obsession. I considered IJ but opted for this collection instead, primarily because I wanted to sample his works and, more importantly, hear his read how own stuff.
I'm now among those who consider DFW among the best writers of my generation. I would recommend this selection as the place to start if you are new to his writings.
Of the pieces offered here, my favorite is his review of tennis star Tracy Austin's ghost written memoir. The concluding commencement speech (available elsewhere for free, as both audio and video) is also excellent.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This collection simply evinces Wallace's power to radically change a worldview with his writing; less a port- or starboard "turn" in worldview, but rather a plunging to new depths. And what glorious things await down there. This is essential for any DFW fan.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This is water and David Foster Wallace dissolved back into us. Great writer, important voice.