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David Foster Wallace is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the Lannan Award for Fiction, the Paris Review's Aga Kahn Prize and John Train Prize for Humour, and the O. Henry Award.

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Consider this collection of offbeat essays from the author of Infinite Jest. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

'Subversive and hip, with a mind tuned to a different frequency, Wallace is singing a song in a key we've not heard before. Original writers don't fit in boxes and Wallace is sui generis on a stick ... this new collection demonstrates a contemporary American master at work at the extreme edge of the radar, asking question after question about the mad, mad world in which he finds himself' Robert McCrum, OBSERVER 'Amazingly thoughtful and self-deprecating, and, most of all, sincere ... Wallace's voice comes zinging off the page, reinforcing the school of thought that says he's some type of maybe-genius doing something they haven't invented a word for yet' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH '[David Foster Wallace] has the happy skill of being able to write in a fiercely intelligent way whilst being funny and entertaining. Wallace is an original, and that very originality puts you in mind of writers like Hunter S Thompson and Lester Bangs, who also had that strange fusion of an informal tone mixed with a mastery of vocabulary and language ... this is a collection of highly enjoyable and entertaining essays that can be dipped into at will. Just don't forget your dictionary' SUNDAY TRIBUNE

Novelist Wallace (Infinite Jest) might just be the smartest essayist writing today. His topics are various-this new collection treats porn, sports autobiographies and the vagaries of English usage, among others-his perspective always slightly askew and his observations on point. Wallace is also frustrating to read. This arises from a few habits that have elevated him to the level of both cause c?l?bre and enfant terrible in the world of letters. For one thing, he uses abbrs. w/r/t just about everything without warning or, most of the time, context. For another, he inserts long footnotes and parenthetical asides that by all rights should be part of the main texts (N.B.: These usually occur in the middle of phrases, so that the reader cannot recall the context by the time the parentheses are wrapped up) but never are. These tricks are adequately postmodern (a term Wallace is intelligent enough to question) to prove his cleverness. But a writer this gifted doesn't need such cleverness. Wallace's words and ideas, as well as a wonderful sense of observation that makes even the most shopworn themes seem fresh, should suffice. Agent, Bonnie Nadell. (Dec. 12) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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