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Consider the Lobster

Essays and Arguments

By David Foster Wallace

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| Softcover | 9780349119519

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Do lobsters feel pain? Did Franz Kafka have a sick sense of humour? What is John Updike's deal anyway? And who won the Adult Video News' Female Performer of the Year Award the same year Gwyneth Paltrow won her Oscar? David Foster Wallace answers thes Continue

Do lobsters feel pain? Did Franz Kafka have a sick sense of humour? What is John Updike's deal anyway? And who won the Adult Video News' Female Performer of the Year Award the same year Gwyneth Paltrow won her Oscar? David Foster Wallace answers these questions and more in his new book of hilarious non-fiction. For this collection, David Foster Wallace immerses himself in the three- ring circus that is the presidential race in order to document one of the most vicious campaigns in recent history. Later he strolls from booth to booth at a lobster festival in Maine and risks life and limb to get to the bottom of the lobster question. Then he wheedles his way into an L.A. radio studio, armed with tubs of chicken, to get the behind-the-scenes view of a conservative talk show featuring a host with an unnatural penchant for clothing that only looks good on the radio. In what is sure to be a much-talked-about exploration of distinctly modern subjects, one of the sharpest minds of our time delves into some of life's most delicious topics.

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Very nice collection. Even nicer the audio book version read by Wallace himself! Such as sitting with him reading. I loved "The View From Mrs. Tompson's" on 9-11 and the vastness of "americankind"...

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    moscanna said on Oct 3, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    per ragioni etiche già non le mangiavo

    certamente questo pamphlet ha rafforzato la mia decisione. incredibile la capacità di tirare fuori un saggio di questo livello su un soggetto così banale, una sagra.

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    Italosvevo said on Oct 2, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    DFW ha una capacità di scrittura che pochi hanno; gli argomenti di questa raccolta, però, sono molto a volte troppo "americani".
    Menzione d'onore per gli oscar del porno, la tennista autocelebrativa e ovviamente l'aragosta.

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    Mariachiara Cera said on Sep 17, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    sicuramente geniale nei commenti... se solo fosse un pò meno autocelebrativo...

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    paolina62 said on Aug 10, 2014 | Add your feedback

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