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Postmodern short stories from Wallace satirize the absurdities of contemporary pop culture.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
In assessing this book, comparisons with Don DeLillo, Tom Robbins, and Robert Coover seem accurate, for Wallace is playful, idiomatically sharp, and intellectually engage. Overwhelming in his long, torrential sentences and his wit, he at times subjects us to overwritten, almost showy, passages, but his talent is undeniable. Included in this collection is a novella that examines, among other things, post-modernism. His (generally overlong) stories explore popular culture through the lives of a variety of characters: a lesbian with a three-year winning streak on Jeopardy, an actress anxious about appearing on David Letterman, a wealthy Republican yuppie who has a disturbing connection with some punk rockers; and Lyndon Johnson in a closeup that shows how well a historical figure can be used in fiction. Impressive in scope and savvy.
- Peter Bricklebank, City Coll., CUNY
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Unfortunately, there is a very real difference between those with a gift for manipulating the human language and good 'writers'. Continents of difference. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2004 by Brandon B. Alspaugh
Why do so many reviews warn readers of the complexity of Infinte Jest? I found Infinite Jest to be a hundred times more readable than most of the stories in Girl with Curious Hair. Read morePublished on July 27 2002
An amazingly fast read for David Foster Wallace, this book's title story was my favorite. That is not to say, however, that the other stories were not worthy of their own unique... Read morePublished on April 26 2002
All the tales are more than OK here,
but two are really with the genius touch...
I have recently gotten into modern fiction, after years of reading Hemingway and others during his time and before. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2001 by Joe McClure
Wallace's breadth of effective writing is staggering. He paints from the endlessly complex to the economically subtle. Read morePublished on April 13 2001 by Aaron Reardon
I think this is a real genius.
The first tale about Lyndon Johnson is great, "Say Never" is a MASTERPIECE.
I don't mean to toot my own horn here, but I feel that I'm a pretty well-read guy. I love David Foster Wallace. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2000 by Brooks Williams
Wallace seems to be playing with all possible styles in this one; I get the distinct feeling talking with him would involve many sentence fragments punctuated by insane... Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2000 by Zentao