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Long renowned as one of the smartest writers on the loose, David Foster Wallace reveals himself in Consider the Lobster to be also one of the funniest. In this program, he ranges far and farther in his search for the original, the curious, or the merely mystifying. He discovers the World's Largest Lobster Cooker at the Maine Lobster Festival and confronts the inevitable question just beyond the butter-or-cocktail-sauce quandary.Do lobsters feel pain?He addresses this and other important cultural questions in four brilliant esasays from his latest collection.In what is sure to be a much-talked-about exploration of distinctly modern subjects, one of the sharpest minds of our time delves into some of life's most delicious topics.This collection includes the following essays: "Consider the Lobster", "The View from Mrs. Thompson's", "Big Red Son", and "How Tracy Austin Broke My Heart".
©2005 David Foster Wallace. All Rights Reserved.; (P)2005 Time Warner AudioBooks. All Rights Reserved. A division of Time Warner Book Group.
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"Wallace poses an unsettling challenge to the way many of us live now....This is strong stuff....It is Wallace's nostalgia for a lost meaningfulness...that gives his essays their particular urgency, their attractive mix of mordancy and humorous ruefulness....Few of his young peers have spoken as eloquently and feelingly as he has about the moral imagination that contemporary American life imposes on them." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Novelist Wallace might just be the smartest essayist writing today." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Rick on 11-25-08

David Foster Wallace...a good place to start

I had neither read nor listened to any of DFW's work, but I decided to check into it upon hearing of his recent death. Accolades called him our great lost voice and an amazing essayist. Well, he is a fantastic writer. These essays, about a lobster festival in Maine, a long essay about a porn awards ceremony, and another about his experience of 9/11 from the safe remove of Indiana are engaging and outstanding. He writes with a funny slant, great asides and observations. And he's laugh-out-loud funny. Also, check out his week-long tour with the John McCain press corps while a Rolling Stone correspondent in 2000 in another fine listen called "McCain's Promise"

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By Jane Garver on 05-15-16

It's Great, But...

I would point anyone looking at this audiobook toward DFW: In His Own Words. The entirety of Consider the Lobster is included in it, as well as all of his voice work on Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and several of his radio interviews. I bought this one before that was released, but now having both is redundant.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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By Kyle Kennedy on 10-05-17


Effortless and charming. An entertaining, incredibly intelligent stream of consciousness that never jars with the reader (listener) as pretentious in nature. Hilarious and insightful in equal measure. The only issue I have is that Wallace's vocal performance was so good I want him to personally read me all of his works now

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By Ruben on 01-16-17

Great writing, nice is you have little time

Would you listen to Consider the Lobster and Other Essays (Selected Essays) again? Why?

Perhaps. I do not often listen twice to books, but with short essays the threshold is much lower.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Consider the Lobster and Other Essays (Selected Essays)?

it is the good writing and the sense of humour that make the book enjoyable.

Have you listened to any of David Foster Wallace’s other performances? How does this one compare?


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

cannot be made into a film

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By Anthony Pyle on 08-09-16

Thought provoking

Wallace really has you think about every day things and then he takes you on a journey of exploration into the morality of an issue or even more interestingly, the authenticity of authors even to themselves.

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By Toni on 11-01-17

From DFW himself!

A unique insight into the person and tone these much loved pieces were penned. We miss your genius DFW.

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