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Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace (Paperback)

Author:  David Lipsky
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 030759243X
ISBN-13: 9780307592439
Sku: 212323752
Publish Date: 4/13/2010
Sales Rank: 2947
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.25H x 6.75L x 1.25T
Pages:  320
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A National Magazine Award-winning contributing editor at Rolling Stone shares a profile of the late David Foster Wallace based on interviews during the 1996 Infinite Jest book tour that covers such topics as his literary process, struggles with fame and battle with mental illness. Original. *Author: Lipsky, David *Subtitle: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace *Publication Date: 2010/04/13 *Number of Pages: 320 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 6.75 *Height: 9.25
In 1996, Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky was dispatched to accompany the novelist prodigy David Foster Wallace on an abbreviated Midwestern book tour in support of his masterpiece, Infinite Jest. As the pair of Davids killed time in hotel rooms and airport terminals, Lipsky found himself on the receiving end of a barrage of astonishing wisdom from Wallace, who, like many cultural icons who have succumbed to suicide, obviously spent an inordinate amount of time contemplating the meaning and purpose of life. As recounted in Lipsky's mesmerizing reminiscence of the trip, Wallace's personal meditations contain a wealth of derivative insights for the rest of us.


"[A]n engaging and occasionally frustrating record of an extended conversation between two young men who had no idea that, 12 years later, the literary world they took for granted would melt away and one of them would be dead by his own hand....To read what Wallace has to say about fiction's as exhilarating as ever." - Laura Miller 04/04/2010

"It's scary to peer into the mind of a man who later hanged himself, especially when much of what he wrote seemed to take life so seriously. But one thing that the book makes clear is that Wallace's vigor and awe-inspiring writing was, in some ways, part of a deeply intricate personal effort to beat death....By the end, no amount of sadness can stand in the way of [Wallace's] personality, humor and...linguistic command." - Michael Miller 04/08/2010

"There's a beautiful 50-page stretch when, exhausted from days of travel, Lipsky and Wallace decompress with an all-nighter in the author's apartment. Without warning, Wallace launches into the story of his career to that point, talking to the recorder like it's a therapist. We hear it all, from publishing his 500-page first novel while still a student to watching his second book tank and ending up on suicide watch, after which he had to take humiliating jobs to make ends meet before finally getting just enough of a cash advance to finish INFINITE JEST." - Scott Esposito 04/11/2010

"A striking feature of Lipsky's book is the delicate dance between the earnest celebrity reporter and the savvy celebrity-shy subject, each aware that their encounter serves an exterior purpose, yet each also sensitive to the possibility of a real human connection, even friendship." - Ken Kalfus 05/30/2010

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