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  • David Foster Wallace

    '[DFW's] delivery is dead-on and fresh, the words often springing from his mouth as if conceived on the spot . . . . an audible confirmation that modern American writing continues to gain strength.' -- Publishers Weekly on Consider the Lobster Collected here for the first time are the stories and speeches of David Foster Wallace as read by the author himself. Over the course of his career, David Foster Wallace recorded a variety of his work in diverse circumstances -- from studio recordings to live performances -- that are finally compiled in this unique collection. Some of the pieces collected here are: 'Another Pioneer,' recorded at The University of Arizona Poetry Center; stories from...read more

  • David Foster Wallace

    In this rare peak into the personal life of the author of numerous bestselling novels, gain an understanding of David Foster Wallace and how he became the man that he was. Only once did David Foster Wallace give a public talk on his views on life, during a commencement address given in 2005 at Kenyon College. The speech is reprinted for the first time in book form in This is Water. How does one keep from going through their comfortable, prosperous adult life unconsciously? How do we get ourselves out of the foreground of our thoughts and achieve compassion? The speech captures Wallace's electric intellect as well as his grace in attention to others. After his death, it became a treasured...read more

  • David Foster Wallace

    This Is Water: Booktrack Edition adds an immersive musical soundtrack to your audiobook listening experience! * Only once did David Foster Wallace give a public talk on his views on life, during a commencement address given in 2005 at Kenyon College. The speech is reprinted for the first time in book form in THIS IS WATER. How does one keep from going through their comfortable, prosperous adult life unconsciously? How do we get ourselves out of the foreground of our thoughts and achieve compassion? The speech captures Wallace's electric intellect as well as his grace in attention to others. After his death, it became a treasured piece of writing reprinted in The Wall Street Journal and...read more

  • David Foster Wallace

    Where do you begin with a writer as original and brilliant as David Foster Wallace? Here -- with a carefully considered selection of his extraordinary body of work, chosen by a range of great writers, critics, and those who worked with him most closely. This volume presents his most dazzling, funniest, and most heartbreaking work -- essays like his famous cruise-ship piece, 'A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again,' excerpts from his novels The Broom of the System, Infinite Jest, and The Pale King, and legendary stories like 'The Depressed Person.' Wallace's explorations of morality, self-consciousness, addiction, sports, love, and the many other subjects that occupied him are...read more

  • David Foster Wallace

    David Foster Wallace and Mark Costello's exuberant exploration of rap music and culture. Living together in Cambridge in 1989, David Foster Wallace and longtime friend Mark Costello discovered that they shared 'an uncomfortable, somewhat furtive, and distinctively white enthusiasm for a certain music called rap/hip-hop.' The book they wrote together, set against the legendary Boston music scene, mapped the bipolarities of rap and pop, rebellion and acceptance, glitz and gangsterdom. Signifying Rappers issued a fan's challenge to the giants of rock writing, Greil Marcus, Robert Palmer, and Lester Bangs: Could the new street beats of 1989 set us free, as rock had always promised?...read more

  • David Foster Wallace

    The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Pale King, David Foster Wallace's final and most ambitious undertaking - an audacious and hilarious look into the abyss of ordinary life. Read by the actor Robert Petkoff. The agents at the IRS Regional Examination Centre in Peoria, IL, appear ordinary enough to newly arrived trainee David Wallace. But as he immerses himself in a routine so tedious and repetitive that new employees receive boredom-survival training, he learns of the extraordinary variety of personalities drawn to this strange calling. And he has arrived at a moment when forces within the IRS are plotting to eliminate even what little humanity and dignity the work...read more

  • David Foster Wallace

    The "breathtakingly brilliant" novel by the author of Infinite Jest (New York Times) is a deeply compelling and satisfying story, as hilarious and fearless and original as anything Wallace ever wrote.  The agents at the IRS Regional Examination Center in Peoria, Illinois, appear ordinary enough to newly arrived trainee David Foster Wallace. But as he immerses himself in a routine so tedious and repetitive that new employees receive boredom-survival training, he learns of the extraordinary variety of personalities drawn to this strange calling. And he has arrived at a moment when forces within the IRS are plotting to eliminate even what little humanity and dignity the work...read more

  • David Foster Wallace

    From the author of Infinite Jest and Consider the Lobster: a collection of five brilliant essays on tennis, from the author's own experience as a junior player to his celebrated profile of Roger Federer at the peak of his powers.  A "long-time rabid fan of tennis," and a regionally ranked tennis player in his youth, David Foster Wallace wrote about the game like no one else. On Tennis presents David Foster Wallace's five essays on the sport, published between 1990 and 2006, and hailed as some of the greatest and most innovative sports writing of our time. This lively and entertaining collection begins with Wallace's own experience as a prodigious tennis...read more

  • David Foster Wallace

    David Foster Wallace nos sorprende con un delirante y divertido libro de artículos. ¿Tienen miedo las langostas antes de ser devoradas? ¿Tenía Franz Kafka un sentido del humor enfermizo? ¿Quién ganó el Adult Video News Female Performer of the Year Award cuando Gwyneth Paltrow consiguió su Oscar? David Foster Wallace contesta aquí a estas y otras preguntas más delirantes. Sumergiéndose en el circo de las campañas electorales o arriesgando su vida con descaro en el Festival de la Langosta de Maine para llegar al fondo de la cuestión crustácea, el autor se acerca a temas modernos con un atrevido punto de vista, lo que convierte este libro de artículos en un...read more

  • David Foster Wallace

    David Foster Wallace wurde 2005 darum gebeten, vor Absolventen des Kenyon College eine Abschlussrede zu halten. Diese berühmt gewordene Rede gilt in den USA mittlerweile als Klassiker und Pflichtlektüre für alle Abschlussklassen - eine kleine Anleitung für das Leben, die man jedem Hochschulabsolventen und jedem Jugendlichen mit auf den Weg geben möchte. Was bedeutet es eigentlich, erwachsen zu sein, und wie können Menschen ihre Standardeinstellung, dass sich alles im Leben erst mal um sie selbst dreht, durchbrechen, um ein sinnvolleres und stressfreieres Dasein zu führen? David Foster Wallace zeigt in dieser kurzen Rede mit einfachen Worten, was es heißt, Denken zu lernen und...read more

  • David Foster Wallace

    For the first time ever available as an audiobook, Girl with Curious Hair is being produced as part of Hachette Audio's ambitious David Foster Wallace audiobook publishing program, joining Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, Consider the Lobster, and This is Water. (Broom of the System will be released in June 2010.) Remarkable, hilarious and unsettling re-imaginations of reality by 'a dynamic writer of extraordinary talent ' (Jennifer Levin, New York Times Book Review). David Foster Wallace was one of the most prodigiously talented and original young writers in America today, and Girl with Curious Hair displays the full range of his gifts. From the eerily 'real,' almost holographic...read more

  • David Foster Wallace

    Do lobsters feel pain? Did Franz Kafka have a funny bone? What is John Updike's deal, anyway? And what happens when adult video starlets meet their fans in person? David Foster Wallace answers these questions and more in essays that are also enthralling narrative adventures. Whether covering the three-ring circus of John McCain's 2000 presidential race, plunging into the wars between dictionary writers, or confronting the World's Largest Lobster Cooker at the annual Maine Lobster Festival, Wallace projects a quality of thought that is uniquely his and a voice as powerful and distinct as any in American...read more

  • David Foster Wallace

    In the stories that make up Oblivion, David Foster Wallace joins the rawest, most naked humanity with the infinite involutions of self-consciousness -- a combination that is dazzlingly, uniquely his. These are worlds undreamt of by any other mind. Only David Foster Wallace could convey a father's desperate loneliness by way of his son's daydreaming through a teacher's homicidal breakdown (The Soul Is Not a Smithy). Or could explore the deepest and most hilarious aspects of creativity by delineating the office politics surrounding a magazine profile of an artist who produces miniature sculptures in an anatomically inconceivable way (The Suffering Channel). Or capture the ache of love's...read more

  • David Foster Wallace

    In this thought-provoking and playful short story collection, David Foster Wallace nudges at the boundaries of fiction with inimitable wit and seductive intelligence. Wallace's stories present a world where the bizarre and the banal are interwoven and where hideous men appear in many guises. Among the stories are 'The Depressed Person,' a dazzling and blackly humorous portrayal of a woman's mental state; 'Adult World,' which reveals a woman's agonized consideration of her confusing sexual relationship with her husband; and 'Brief Interviews with Hideous Men,' a dark, hilarious series of imagined interviews with men on the subject of their relations with women. Wallace delights in...read more

  • David Foster Wallace

    Noch bevor ihn der Roman 'Unendlicher Spaß' weltweit berühmt machte, war David Foster Wallace bekannt für seine so subjektiven wie literarischen Essays und Reportagen. Er ging dorthin, wo es (ihm) wehtat: an die Wurzeln der eigenen Depression, auf eine Pornomesse, mit dem Hummer in den Kochtopf und an den Kern des Menschseins. 'Die wahre Traurigkeit der Erwachsenen' versammelt die vier großen Texte von Foster Wallace 'Der Planet Trillaphon im Verhältnis zur Üblen Sache', 'Der große rote Sohn', 'Am Beispiel des Hummers' und 'This is Water/Das hier ist Wasser' auf einer CD. Es lesen: Lars Eidinger, Moritz von Uslar, Christian Ulmen, David...read more

  • David Foster Wallace

    Alljährlich findet im alten Fischereihafen von Rockland im amerikanischen Bundesstaat Maine das Maine Lobster Festival statt. Unter den vielen Tausend Besuchern, die sich von dem Motto 'Leuchtturm, Lobster, gute Laune' anlocken lassen, befindet sich auch ein sprachmächtiger, durch nichts und niemand einzuschüchternder Diskursterrorist - der amerikanische Schriftsteller David Foster Wallace. Sein Auftrag: eine Reportage für das Gourmet-Magazin zu schreiben. Am Ende seiner Recherche steht die Frage nach der ethischen Vertretbarkeit des Fleischkonsums: durchgeknallt komisch und zugleich schmerzhaft ernst, eine irrsinnig tröstliche literarische Achterbahnfahrt, fußnotenstarrend und dabei...read more

  • David Foster Wallace

    'A gripping guide to the modern taming of the infinite.' —New York Times Part history, part philosophy, part love letter to the study of mathematics, Everything and More is an illuminating tour of infinity. With his infectious curiosity and trademark verbal pyrotechnics, David Foster Wallace takes us from Aristotle to Newton, Leibniz, Karl Weierstrass, and finally Georg Cantor and his set theory. Through it all, Wallace proves to be an ideal guide—funny, wry, and unfailingly enthusiastic. Featuring an introduction by Neal Stephenson, this edition is a perfect introduction to the beauty of mathematics and the undeniable strangeness of the infinite. *Includes a downloadable...read more

  • David Foster Wallace

    Este artículo es una de las radiografías más agudas e irreverentes de la cultura americana de fin de siglo, en la que se entremezclan la familiaridad, el asombro y una mordacidad descabellada. Foster Wallace elabora en Algo supuestamente divertido que nunca volveré a hacer una postal gigantesca basada en su experiencia en un crucero de lujo por el Caribe. Lo que a primera vista parece ser un simple viaje «para relajarse», en manos de un humor delirante y un cinismo corrosivo acabará convirtiéndose en el horror más absoluto. La crítica ha dicho... «La obra de no ficción más brillante y divertida que se ha escrito en los últimos años.» John Glassie, Time Out New...read more

  • David Foster Wallace

    In this exuberantly praised book - a collection of seven pieces on subjects ranging from television to tennis, from the Illinois State Fair to the films of David Lynch, from postmodern literary theory to the supposed fun of traveling aboard a Caribbean luxury cruiseliner - David Foster Wallace brings to nonfiction the same curiosity, hilarity, and exhilarating verbal facility that has delighted readers of his fiction, including the bestselling Infinite...read more

  • David Foster Wallace

    L'aclamat i malaguanyat escriptor David Foster Wallace reflexiona sobre alguns dels aspectes més importants de la vida en aquest manifest agut i profund. A mesura que busca respostes a preguntes gens senzilles, plasma les seves creences i deduccions sobre la naturalesa humana i dissecciona sense complexos una de les decisions més importants i alhora inconscients que prenem constantment: què pensem del món que ens envolta i de quina manera ho fem. Escrit amb l'intel·lecte i l'humor inconfusible de l'autor, L'aigua és això ens interpel·la sobre els reptes de la vida diària i ens ofereix reflexions provocadores que ens renoven a cada lectura. - David Foster Wallace (1962 - 2008) fue...read more