Highly ntertaining work as well The method of which he delivers his stories takes on an almost Hollywood approach when reflecting back on the final passage of the title story a scene spiraling out of control narrated as if all of the action is occurring in slow motion it rises in the mind as if it were a film I had viewed instead if a story I had read He manages to construct such a vivid image through spatial diagramming the scene with his descriptions and flawlessly illustrating the flow of motion The scenes of Little Expressionless Animals are cut up and rearranged like a Tarantino film allowing for an motional impact through the descriptions of a scene to occur before xamining and The Deepest Sin explaining themotional and psychological significance later on It keeps the reader turning pages seeking out the piece of the puzzle that once fit to the rest brings the whole picture into focus At times Wallace does tend to serve up a characters backstory to xplain why they are the way they are in one big unsubtle scoop but this scoop is served on a golden platter of intellect as a side to the delicious story that it is hardly worth criticizing him over The most blatant xample is in the story Girl With Curious Hair when the sexual deviance of the narrator and the fiery conseuences nforced by his father are revealed during an acid trip which allows the reader to draw their own connections from his childhood to his current sociopathic behavior 1 To simply conclude as such would be cause to moan yet Wallace offers a brilliant non nding that allows for the reader to decide how the final scene plays out Suddenly the reader must become aware of their own opinions on the character judging for themselves if the narrator is able to change or is purely a monster There are several key moments in this collection where the significance of the nding is left ambiguous most notably in the wonderful and personal favorite Luckily The Accountant Knew CPR or in the case of Everything Is Green the whole story and all it s implications are ambiguous and allows for a reader participation that offers both insight into the characters and the character of the readerThe post modernist are clearly an influence on Wallace yet he manages to let his own voice and style take its own shape under their guidance in this collection There were a few points primarily the way ach character or story has it s own little uirk something repeated a few times such as on character always taking Xanax where I briefly caught comparisons to Chuck Palahniuk I only mention this as the two authors seem to have a few similar influences but to compare DFW at his arliest to Palahniuk at his best is to Wallace s credit than anything Wallace grew to be mentioned in the same breath amongst his influences instead of a become a brief stepping stone in the reading career of a young reader on their way towards those influences as Chuck P became at least that is how it happened for me Chuck P led me to DeLillo and Pynchon at the nd of high school when his style began to grate on me and I thirsted for something greater There are times when Wallace is clearly Pynchonesue where Wallace openly xpands on Barth s Lost in the Funhouse Wallace is clearly Pynchonesue where Wallace openly xpands on Barth s Lost in the Funhouse how the story Lyndon seems to have been influenced or inspired by Donald Barthelme s story Robert Kennedy Saved From Drowning but it reads as a celebration of genius a salute to his influences as he marches forth into the fields of literature than a mere rehash and nod to greater authors Despite all the love I ve been spewing for this collection I should probably touch on the downsides to offer a fair warning John Billy which being a great xercise in diction something he would later mploy with great talent in Jest is cumbersome and leaves the reader feeling underwhelmed after Le valeureux guerrier exerting so much to follow the story Say Anything is another that the wordxercise should apply to It felt as if Wallace was attempting to sharpen his skills narrating a story from the least interested or possibly the least Snowflakes on the Sea expected member of the story while demonstrating versatility over style within one story The ideas can be deduced andxamined yet it felt lacking compared to the stand out stories While I loved Westward those adverse towards metafiction should steer clear as it is Wrathful Chaos: Five Books of Satanic Philosophy essentially metafiction of metafiction I have seen the argument that Wallace s sentencing is overly difficult and run on to the horizon his techniues are something I greatlynjoy It wasn t until after reading multiple complaints of his style that I noticed how long his sentences were In his defense Wallace is a self declared grammar nerd so at least you can be assured he keeps to proper form and grammar If you are looking for a great
accessible introduction to the man Himself or are an old fan looking for I give introduction to the man Himself or are an old fan looking for I give highest of recommendations to Girl With Curious Hair While I must admit a few stories were less than loveable on the whole this collection is a joy His intellect shines brightly from very page and his acute observations such as the fat man walking being described as moving only via a shifting of weight from side to side a humanoid balloon with too much air will have you laughing while thinking that s so true Each story demonstrates a young artist coming into his own and gives hope to the future of literature This is accessible than his other works and while very book written later ach displays a tremendous leap in growth writing ability compare the impressive vocabulary and technicalities of Oblivion to this one and footnotes none in this one but Girl is still wildly addictive and ntertaining Crack it open and Humanism: The Greek Ideal and its Survival enter the mind of a genius4551 It has been suggested that the title story is Wallace s attempt to poke hislbow into the ribs of literary Brat Pack writers such as Bret Easton Ellis It has been speculated that Ellis recent negative commentary on DFW spawned from stories such as this Read the article by DFW s dito. Nal punk nihilism meets Young Republicanism Wallace renders the incredible comprehensible the bizarre normal the absurd hilarious the familiar stran. Tty asy to follow and identify them reminiscent of stream of consciousness Wallace delves much deeper than that though The setting reads as two very bitter dysfunctional individuals in the midst of couple s counseling The third character being of course the professional mediator making said dialogue difficult to discern Wallace pays homage to Kurt Godel the story s dedicated to him in fact He also The Fix explores themes such as lexicons particularly the theorized death of poetry and the imperfection of humanity 4 stars My Appearance Invery facet of our lives are we all genuine all of the time Do circumstances dictate our level of sincerity v disingenious Or does this only apply to celebrities such as David Letterman Is he a righteous phony merely striving for increasingly high Nielsen ratings Or does the age old adage apply What you seen is what you get Further do you honestly believe that no one is really the way they have to be seen And if we as a society truly feel the need to be fraudulent what makes us feel this way Our peers the media insecurities 35 stars Say NeverWe get claws the shape of our face is the shape of our skull our lips retreat back from big teeth like we re baring to snarl Sharp snarling old who should wonder at how nobody cares if I hurt xcept another snarler Wow I don t ven know what to say There s a tenderness that I hadn t xperienced from DFW before not to this xtent at least let alone suspected I simply love the close friendship between Mrs Tagus and Mr Labov It s a closeness that feels palpable akin to a beloved Desire in Seven Voices elderly couple you ve known for years though they are just really close friends They ve known one another for may decades In fact they view spoilercomforted one another when their spouses died hide spoiler After finishing David Foster Wallace s Girl With Curious Hair I had to step back awhile before reviewing in fear I would simply come across as an overzealous cheerleader yelling Give me a DGive me a FGive me a W Like a teenage romance I was so blinded by my love for this collection and author that I wasn t surexactly what it was I loved so much and if this brightly burning passion was distracting me from the flaws and faults that I wouldn t realize were there until much later After giving some time to reflect my overzealousness has hardly died down and through some helpful and insightful discussions and rereads of the stories with others I highly recommend reading Garima s wonderfully comprehensive review I have not only been able to pinpoint my feelings on the book but my appreciation has only continued to grow The stories in this collection while ach varying dramatically at times in terms of style and voice all seem to reflect upon the psychological implications of xisting in the modern The Casa Mono Cookbook era of media and social pressures Girl is anxcellent introduction into the works of DFW offering an xciting page turning look at a wide variety of his chameleon like styles and an introductory look into themes he would toy with and xpand upon for the whole of his stunning career Written in his mid 20s Wallace already demonstrates a piercing intellect coupled with a seemingly ffortless and strikingly versatile writing ability What finally convinced me to read DFW who almost instantly rose through the ranks of favorite authors was a small discussion on him in James Wood s How Fiction Works Although the Wood was using the story Mister Suishy from DFW s later short story collection Oblivion Wood discusses how Wallace as well as Pynchon and DeLillo are ready and willing to become to impersonate what he describes ven when the subject itself is debased vulgar boring This ability is made most apparent in the title story where Wallace narrates from the poetically void perspective of an xtremely narcissistic and arguably sociopathic young republican attorney Other good xamples is the way he allows the society of his characters to control the narration and most noticeably the syntax of other stories as well such as John Billy and Everything is Green There are also several stories included whose characters and story allow for of his own personal voice making room for literary discussions and
TERMINOLOGY IN WESTWARD THE COURSE OFin Westward the Course of Takes Its Way and
as in Here a discussion on the blending of mathematics and poetry Wallace as shown in thisin Here a discussion on the blending of mathematics and poetry Wallace as shown in this wiki article majored in both English and Philosophy focusing on modal logic and mathematicsA major theme through the course of Wallace s work was his dissection of media and Lachlan's Protg (English Edition) entertainment Here the reader can see Wallace sarly musings on the subject xamining popular ntertainment in stories such as Little Expressionless Animals which alone is worth the price of the book and It is interesting to see how the implications of these stories have only become poignant with age My Appearance a story discussing the way late 80s ntertainment such as David Letterman made money ridiculing the xact things that have put him in a position to make money ridiculing things takes on a whole new meaning seeing it from todays standards where Letterman s ridiculing and humor is rather benign compared to much of the other insensitive and cutting media satires on television DFW xplores the way society has come to tear down anything and anyone that takes itself seriously and the only defense is to be self ridiculing and laugh at oneself He argues that nobody really wants to see someone succeed they want to see someone rise to the top merely to tear and claw at them as they fall from great heights and feast on their corpse They don t want someone to talk about how great and serious they are but only to mock the very things they take serious In this story we see arly Conflict in Blood examples of using the joke to manipulate the very same audience that parodies had made fun of them for manipulating that were thematically crucial to his later masterpiece Infinite Jest Whilexploring ntertainment Wallace is able to create Aphic vocations of historical figures like Lyndon Johnson and overtelevised game show hosts and late night comedians to the title story where termi. .
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David Foster Wallace turns the short story upside down and inside out making the adjectives inventive uniue and original seem blas TC BoyleTC Boyle turns the buddy blurb into an art form making the adjectives hyperbolic obseuious and pompous ass seem pass I am a DFW completist Recently I have been suffering an anxiety that I had in fact not completed his first book of short stories Girl with Curious Hair It was time to reread it and banish those anxieties In fact best of my memory I had cut out several years back mid stride of Lyndon Never mind why Who would want to ask I had with clear The Crucified Ones: Calling Forth the End-Time Remnant evidence of memory read thentirety of Westward under a tree in my backyard upon a blanket mo Expressionless Little Animals It s 1976 The sky is low and full of clouds The gray clouds are bulbous and wrinkled and shiny The sky looks cerebral Under the sky is a field in the wind A pale highway runs beside the field Lots of cars go by One of the cars stops by the side of the highway Two small children are brought out of the car by a young woman with a loose face A man at the wheel of the car stares straight ahead The children are silent and have very white skin The woman carries a grocery bag full of something heavy Her face hangs loose over the bag She brings the bag and the white children to a wooden fencepost by the field by the highway The children s hands which are small are placed on the wooden post The woman tells the children to touch the post until the car returns She gets in the car and the car leaves There is a cow in the field near the fence The children touch the post The wind blows Lots of cars go by They stay that way all day A haunting story as life partners Faye Goddard and Julie Smith struggle with one Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age (Lemelson Center Studies in Invention and Innovation series) e identity the pursuitimportance of knowledge growing up in less than pleasant circumstances and addiction Wallace seems to be saying a lot about knowledge Particularly in light of his straight A student status throughout high schoolI received 500000 discrete bits of information today he once said of which maybe 25 are important My job is to make some sense of it 5 stars Luckily The Account Representative Knew CPR I thought I had a pretty clear sense of his style Alas I was pleasantly mistaken asvidenced below Each received to the varying degrees their respective pains allowed an intuition of the askew as in the neatly stacked slices of lit space between the Logic, Labels, And Flesh executive and the distant lament of a custodian s vacuum the Building s very silence took onxpression they sensed almost spinally the slow release of great breath a spatial sigh a slightly sly movement of huge lids cracked in wakened affinity with the Dialogue: Relationships in Graphic Design emptiness that was after all the reasonablexecutive realizes half the Building s total day The prose is unnecessarily verbose it s practically painful to read in fact but at the same time it s genius in its beauty and scope It s also uite succinct The parallels drawn here and in Little Expressionless Animals fascinates me But I digress There are The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths elements here that are vague while at others sometimes simultaneously incredibly lucid Clever imaginative thought provoking and creative To put it simply it sverything that the former isn t 425 stars Girl With Curious Hair I d heard about the humor that s often staple of DFW s work but in Modeling and Analysis of Communicating Systems every sense of the word I truly couldn t have prepared myself for his unparalleled sense of humor which borders on hilarious and absurd Beneath the comic relief however are glimpses of mind numbing horror and violence The subject matter is frankly disturbing sadistic and ultimatelyntertaining Which brings me to my next point said violence and Inventing the Medium: Principles of Interaction Design as a Cultural Practice escalating nihilism of the world was obviously a concern of Wallace s when he wrote this and I think it s relevant thanver before In many ways the title story reminds me of the 1990 s cult classic Natural Born Killers Ahh the addictiveness of violence There is much to this rare gem that I simply won t go into its The Chinese Economy: Transitions and Growth execution phenomenal that I can give it nothing less than 5 stars Lyndon Right and wrong ain t wordsThey re feelings In your guts and intestines and such Not words Not songs with guitars They re what make you feel like you do They re inside you Your heart and digestion Like the folks you personally love This is a complex story about sacrifice the meaning of right and wrong it s all relative isn t it politics and the Vietnam War Wallace alsoxplores heterohomosexuality and it s done in such a way as to be completely unbiased There s a certain dignity to both lifestyles which suggests an uality there Like Little Expressionless Animals I m taken aback by its beauty And this is coming
From Someone That Doesn Tsomeone that doesn t believe in homosexuality mind you I think that highly of these stories 4 stars John Billy I love a good vengeful tale and this offering speaks volumes There s a sense of anticipation as it unravels strongly contrasted with DFW s trademark humor vivid descriptions and surreal nergy The prose is very dense and verbose resulting in several dictionary consults and having to go back and re read some passages Another In Deeper element I particularlynjoyed and found interesting was the satire like use of cliche s and generalizations of rural Oklahoma Ordinarily I #D Frown Upon Such Techniues #frown upon such techniues s being one of my absolute biggest pet peeves but seen here not to mention the title story which is much Personlighetspsykiatri extensive and over the top I couldn t help but love and appreciate what he achieved It s absurd really Was any of it real Or are we just dreams within a dream What really happened that fateful day between T Rex and C Nunn Jr It s all open to interpretation 4 stars Here And ThereSo far this is the most challenging of the collection While the subject matter is uite mundane the techniues used are not For one the prose isn t linear Secondly the dialogue is never identified Not only that thentire 20 pages consists of their dialogue But once I get a feel for the trio it was pre. Girl with Curious Hair is replete with David Foster Wallace's remarkable and unsettling reimaginations of reality From the erily real almost hologr. ,