A RADICALLY CONDENSED HISTORY OF POSTINDUSTRIAL LIFE. When they were introduced, he made a witticism, hoping to be liked. A Radically Condensed History of Postindustrial Life. by sofile. When they were introduced, he made a witticism, hoping to be liked. In “A Radically Condensed History of Postindustrial Life,” the seven-line chapter that begins this collection of stories, readers are immediately exposed to the.

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Yet the most ‘literary’ and least ‘realist’ pieces address these questions with just as much passion and bravery.

The existence of a mythification of this brief passage of his life strikes me as an affront to him and to people liife love his writing. Yet he also writes fictions – plausible, or detailed, or insanely detailed, or sad or disturbing fictions – that seem, eerily, to centre on the same concerns about communication that those podtindustrial, postmodern, wearily ironic games do; which is to say these short fictions are, in short, about how we can’t or don’t talk to each other.

That darkness is completely absent from this performance. As radiczlly devoted reader of the late David Foster Wallace, when I first saw the trailer for the The End of the TourI was immediately filled with trepidation. Notify me of new comments via email.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Since Wallace committed suicide inhe has increasingly been lauded as a sad sage full of earnest bromides about self-awareness, compassion, and being present in the moment. And a movie like The End of the Tour simply tries to eschew all the tough stuff and present us with a moral paragon, an American saint. The first piece, on page zero, establishes the ground of the collection as that pagination suggests.

She laughed very hard, hoping to be liked. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here In any case, I think the performance does a disservice to someone like DFW, who was a complex, contemplative, wry and radicwlly very sad person — at least for much of his life.

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He was the guy out there describing the world to all of us. For many fans of Wallace, including myself, this leads to the major concerns with the film: The man who’d introduced them didn’t like either of them, though he acted as if he did, anxious as he was to preserve good relations at all times. Early in the movie, while sitting at a diner across from LipskyWallace tables this concern: It sums up the difficulty tackled by the entire book, in that it asks for a leap of faith that we take it seriously.

Henry award, painstakingly follows the loops and spirals of depressive self-obsession and self-loathing, twinned with the depressive’s awareness of how repulsive such self-absorption is, and how manipulative it can appear, which feeds back into further depression and self-loathing, and so on; by turns the story inspires dark laughter, pity, and real irritation; but it describes with punishing accuracy the cruel way in which depression consumes its victims and their friends.

Gallagher Posted on September 7, September 8, Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. When they were introduced, he made a witticism, hoping to be liked. Wallace plays on the problem from different angles, in different styles and formats, with different characters. Then each drove home alone, staring straight ahead, with the very same twist to their faces.

Indeed, at one point he says: Wallace can work within the apparent form of such games, and even write about such games or by extension, inevitablywrite about writing about such games.

Would the film build on the sanitized DFW that has emerged since his suicide? The early clips I saw of Segel as Wallace horrified me. One never knew, after all, did one now did one now did one. Wallace struggled with profound depression for much of his life. In many ways, Wallace became more than one of the most important literary figures of the late 20th century after his death; he became a symbol of a certain sincerity and authenticity standing against the pervasive irony of modern popular culture.

It may be that none of this real-narrative-honesty-v.

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She laughed extremely loudly, hoping to be liked. David Foster Wallace’s novel Infinite Lide, which a friend of mine nicknamed ‘Infinite Book’, weighed in at pages, with a further 97 pages of footnotes.

Self-absorption, one way or another, afflicts all the interviewees in the book, who range from men who manipulate women into bed by lies, strategies and even, at their most manipulative, an attempt to flatter by a sham-honesty about how manipulative they are.

One of Wallace’s characters insistently puts in those inverted commas as he speaks, a gesture punctuating the text as ‘f. The admixture of beautiful novelistic prose in its highest form, the ability to imitate technical medical, legal, pharmaceutical and all other sorts of technical jargon, with his flair for dialogue, slang, grotesquerie, and his own special host of neologisms just makes DFW such a pleasure to read.

Wallace’s loathing of the speed with which popular entertainment can appropriate criticism and repackage it as yet more entertainment recurs in his work, but seems particularly venomous here, beneath some rather neat jokes. The fact that it is impossible to say for sure, hstory the terrible multiplicity of meanings that could attach themselves to that title, represents the dilemmas and uncertainties of all such cases.

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You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your WordPress. Then each drove home alone, staring straight ahead, with the very same twist to their faces. And though they are very very funny, they are also deadly serious.

Eventually, Lipsky would publish a book based on the radical,y of his interviews with a very DFW-inspired sounding title: You are commenting using your Facebook account. The question of how much honesty is possible or appropriate in relationships pervades the volume. The alternative is a world of infinitely receding mirrors-in-mirrors, self-mockery, nihilism, of which there is an uncanny image at the end of the book: And, from the beginning, the production of The Tour has been rather controversial.

Now, who knows how happy or depressed or angst-ridden or ennui-consumed Wallace really was at the time of these conversations with Lipsky.


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The double- or triple-bind of the situation – that infinite, spiralling recession in those final words – is the dilemma of any ‘relationship’: And yet, that radicalky suggest it is part of Wallace again ‘the tired old “Hey-look-at-me-looking-at-you-looking-at-me” agenda of tired old S.

That line is more than a joke. Buy it at BOL.

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! But when one reads ‘Octet’, a virtuoso piece of imploding metafiction, one doubts it.