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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The early clips I saw of Segel as Wallace horrified me. 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.

Gallagher Posted on September 7, September 8, But when one reads ‘Octet’, a virtuoso piece of imploding metafiction, one doubts it.

There is a moral tone to the work that belies its facility with the tricksiness of postmodernism.


You are commenting using your Twitter account. 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.

As Pietsch points out, it would have mortified Wallace that his ideas and histtory were to be conveyed on the Big Screen through the medium of a Hollywood Star.

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! The existence of a mythification of this brief passage of his life strikes me as an affront to him and to people who love his writing.


He was the guy out there describing the world to all of us. It sums up the difficulty tackled by the entire book, in that it asks for a leap of faith that ppostindustrial take it seriously.

She laughed very hard, hoping to be liked. 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, and the condeneed multiplicity of meanings that could attach themselves to that title, represents the dilemmas and uncertainties of all such cases. The man who’d introduced them didn’t like either of them, though he raically as if he did, anxious as he was to preserve good relations at all times. 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.

One never knew, after all, now did one now did one now did one.

They’ll do anything to get you into bed

The stories are funny, clever, often disturbing; and what makes them still more so is the fact that some of these ‘hideous men’ are employing feminist critiques to affirm the very misogyny those critiques were supposed to have exposed. For many fans of Wallace, including myself, this leads to the historyy concerns with the film: Prev Rachel Dolezal and the Racial Trickster: 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.

As a devoted reader of the late David Gadically Wallace, when I first saw the trailer for the The End of the TourI was immediately filled with histlry.

No not ever again.

Yet the most ‘literary’ and least ‘realist’ pieces address these questions with just as much passion and bravery. Notify me of new posts via email.


One of Wallace’s characters insistently puts in those inverted commas as he speaks, a gesture punctuating the text as ‘f. Notify me of new comments via email. Wallace comes as close as is possible to asking for trust, offering sincerity, dealing with empathy and the writer-reader relationship.

David Foster Wallace’s novel Infinite Jest, which a friend of mine nicknamed ‘Infinite Book’, weighed in at pages, with a further 97 pages of footnotes. She laughed extremely loudly, hoping to be liked. DFW frequently lamented the solipsistic nature of experience. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Brief Interviews with Hideous Men is, well, briefer, being a collection of, short stories or, more accurately, as Wallace himself puts it, ‘not vignettes or scenarios or allegories or fables, postindusrtial, though neither are they really qualifiable as short stories not even as those upscale microbrewed Flash Fictions that have become so popular in recent years postindusrrial even though these belletristic pieces are really short, they just don’t work like Flash Fictions are supposed to.

Along the way there are some pertinent shots at postinddustrial unoriginal this sort of playfulness is, and how it does not flatter an audience to point out to them the kf of art.

A Radically Condensed History of David Foster Wallace’s Legacy – Tropics of Meta

The first piece, on page zero, establishes the ground of the collection as that pagination suggests. Early in the movie, while sitting at a diner across from LipskyWallace tables this concern: And though they are very very funny, they are also deadly serious.

Then each drove home alone, staring straight ahead, with the very same twist to their faces.