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Both Flesh and Not: Essays by David Foster Wallace - gathers fifteen of Wallace's seminal essays, all published in book form for the first time. Never has Wallace's seemingly endless curiosity been more evident than in this compilation of work spanning nearly 20 years of writing.

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10 Books Every College Freshman Should Read

"Consider the Lobster" by David Foster Wallace Wallace's essays are a perfect introduction to thinking critically. He doesn't just dissect Dostoyevsky - he also turns a discerning eye towards John McCain's presidential campaign, the O.J. Simpson trial, and, you guessed it, lobsters. Who knew criticism could be so fun?

# 413: Thomas Pynchon - "The Crying of Lot 49" - David Foster Wallace was greatly inspired by Pynchon's seminal work when writing his own 'Broom of the System'.

David Foster Wallace "If your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything," said David Foster Wallace in this March 1996 interview with Leonard Lopate, animated by Patrick Smith. #DavidFosterWallace #Ambition

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David Foster Wallace on Writing, Self-Improvement, and How We Become Who We Are

David Foster Wallace on Writing, Self-Improvement, and How We Become Who We Are | Brain Pickings

Syllabus for David Foster Wallace's class "English 102-Literary Analysis: Prose Fiction Fall '94"

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David Foster Wallace and the Nature of Fact

David Foster Wallace saw clear lines between journalists and novelists who write nonfiction, and he wrestled throughout his career with whether a different set of rules applied to the latter category... This article explores those nuances and argues that Wallace’s thinking about genre was complex, multifaceted, and that it evolved during his writing life.

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The 25 Best Websites for Literature Lovers

25 best websites for literature

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How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love

After last year’s omnibus of 5 timeless books on fear and the creative process, a number of readers rightfully suggested an addition: Lewis Hyde’s 1979 classic, The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World, of which David Foster Wallace famously said, “No one who is invested in any kind of art can read The Gift and remain unchanged.”

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What Should an Essay Do?

"What Should an Essay Do?" | by Leslie Jamison | The New Republic

Sarcastically, 'Because DFW’s narrative work — especially the Infinite Jest ”future” – isn’t so engrossing, important and complex that there’s an entire active cyber culture of interpreters. Because his essay on the Adult Video News awards isn’t a work of art. And there are certainly no installation possibilities with the themes of his work around advertising, addiction and whatever...?' DFW at the Whitney Biennale #DavidFosterWallace


Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself by David Lipsky

A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace

Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) "I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me."