A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace

Mike’s review

“The next real literary ‘rebels’ in this country might well emerge as some weird bunch of anti-rebels, born oglers who dare somehow to back away from ironic watching, who have the childish gall actually to endorse and instantiate single-entendre principles. Who treat of plain old untrendy human troubles and emotions in U.S. life with reverence and conviction. Who eschew self-consciousness and hip fatigue.” This is what I strive for. I don’t know that I accomplish it. Can you write sincerely when your characters themselves are insincere? When your characters need distance from their own emotions, can you say that you write with an emotional truth? Or are you a anarchist (in principle, not in style) Brett Easton Ellis?

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It’s a dumb thing to say, but “E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction” is so smart. And somehow not at all cynical, which is downright impossible to do while writing about TV (and writing about writing about TV).

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Marking out hard to read that DFW detassled corn as a child. We all share a bond. I didn’t find it that hard/grueling as is the common feeling.

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David Lynch pees a lot? I pee a lot!

“Ted Bundy wasn’t particularly Lynchian, but good old Jeffrey Dahmer, with his victim’s various anatomies neatly separated and stored in his fridge alongside his chocolate milk and Shedd Spread, was thoroughly Lynchian.”

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Legit makes me want to watch tennis. Is it because his writing is so good or because his love of the sport is so strong? I can’t think of an essay about any other sport that shows such genuine love/passion. Lots of rage and feelings, sure, but this is like an 1800s declaration of patriotism, it’s so strong.

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Leaving cabin and darting back after 15 minutes to catch cleaning crew is dick-git one of the funniest things I’ve ever read.

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