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 first piece, on page zero, establishes the ground of the collection as that pagination suggests.


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: He was the guy out there describing the world to all of us. Wallace plays on the problem from different angles, in different styles and formats, with different characters. 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 never knew, after all, did one now did one now did one. Notify me of new posts via email. 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. The question of how much honesty is possible or appropriate in relationships pervades the volume.

For many fans of Wallace, including myself, this leads to the major concerns with the film: In any case, I think the performance does a disservice to someone like DFW, who was a complex, contemplative, wry and ultimately very sad person — at least for much of his life.

Would the film build on the sanitized DFW that has emerged since his suicide? Wallace comes as close as is possible to asking for trust, offering sincerity, dealing with empathy and the writer-reader relationship. Fill in lige details postindustfial or click an icon to log in: Buy it at BOL. That darkness is completely absent from this performance. 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 rasically here, beneath some rather neat jokes.

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Then each drove home alone, staring straight ahead, with the very same twist to their faces. The fact that it is impossible to say for sure, and 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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It sums up the difficulty tackled by the entire book, in that it asks for a leap of faith that we take it seriously. Prev Rachel Dolezal and the Racial Trickster: A very similar pickle, of course, to the knots and tangles of metafiction and postmodern irony, but a much more serious pickle because hiatory, after all, postinduetrial just a game, a slick, knowing, trying-to-be-cool game.

To portray Wallace as a sentimental sage, however, is to ignore so much of the tone of his work and thought.

And, how would Wallace — a deeply complex, even inscrutable person — and his ideas be portrayed, given that that The Tour is based off transcripts from a very discrete and unique moment in his life? Ultimately, we can only experience the world in our own head; we are radically and fundamentally disconnected from each other in that specific way. Topics David Foster Wallace. As a 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.

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. 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.



Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here When they were introduced, he made a witticism, hoping to be liked. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Wallace can work within the apparent form of such games, and even write about such games or by extension, inevitablycondended about writing about such games.

He hung himself in after weaning himself off an anti-depressant he had relied on for years and blamed for muddling his whirring brain and, he thought, styming his writing.

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She laughed extremely loudly, hoping to be liked. Eventually, Lipsky would publish a book based on the transcripts of his interviews with a very DFW-inspired sounding title: The early clips I saw of Segel as Wallace horrified me.

One never knew, histiry all, now did one now did one now did one. And, from the beginning, the production of Postindustrlal Tour has been rather controversial. 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. The double- or triple-bind of the situation – that infinite, spiralling recession in those final words – is the dilemma of any ‘relationship’: