Consider The Lobster

I finished reading Consider The Lobster by David Foster Wallace. It was the first book that I have read cover to cover that had nothing to do with architecture1 in quite some time. CTL is a collection of essays dating back to the mid-1990's up until present day(ish) 2005. I have always preferred Wallace's nonfiction to his fiction.2 He seems to have a gift for presenting subjects as wide-ranging as Adult Video Awards and a review of a five volume Dostosevsky biography in an interesting manner. He can sound both SNOOTily3 academic and pornographically dirty 20 pp. earlier w/r/t the Adult Video Essay. Highlights include "Big Red Son"4; "Up, Simba"5; and the title essay "Consider the Lobster"6. I would recommend that you read all of the essays because it is great to see a writer such as DFW handle subjects from the aforementioned to 9/117, tearing apart sports biographies as cliche after cliche and the trouble of showing people the humor in Kafka. As usual the insane amount of footnotes8 and "w/r/t"'s9 get a little tiresome and frustrating, but when you have finished it seems like they were kinda fun. If you liked A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again and have tried more than once to read the eighteen pound Infinite Jest you will enjoy this.11 1Not including physics textbooks and financial mgt. books. 2Though to be fair, I have never made it more than 1/3 through Infinite Jest 3Read the essay about the seedy underbelly of American Lexicography.1 4The porn one in which DFW writes the words "anal" and "DP" multiple times. 5About Sen. John McCain. 6An essay for Gourmet Magazine* asking if Lobsters feel pain and painting a pretty convincing picture of lobsters grabbing (clawing?) for the edge of the pot and knocking on the lid trying to escape the boiling water. 7September 11, 2001. 8See? Kinda tiresome. 9With regard to. 10His previous essay collection. 11I suppose.

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