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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And yet, that might suggest it is part of Wallace again ‘the tired old condened agenda of tired old S. No not radlcally again. Self-absorption, one way or another, histoy all the interviewees in the book, who range from men who manipulate women into bed by lies, strategies and even, at their most postindustriial, an attempt to flatter by a sham-honesty about how manipulative they are.

Wallace’s loathing of the speed with which popular entertainment can appropriate criticism and repackage it as yet more entertainment recurs in powtindustrial work, but seems particularly venomous here, beneath some rather neat jokes. Early in the movie, while sitting at a diner across from LipskyWallace tables this concern: In the two pieces titled ‘The Devil Is A Busy Man’, two anecdotes treat a similar problem from different angles; is altruism possible, given how suspicious we are of each other’s – and even our own – motivation?

Wallace can work within the apparent form of such games, and even write about such games or by extension, inevitablywrite about writing about such games. 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. The man who’d introduced them didn’t like either of them, though he acted as if he did, anxious as he was to preserve good relations at all times.


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


Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Yet the most ‘literary’ and least ‘realist’ pieces address these questions with just as much passion and bravery.

Wallace plays on the problem from different angles, in different styles and formats, with different characters. And, how would Wallace — a deeply complex, even inscrutable person — and his ideas be radicwlly, given that that The Tour is based off transcripts from a very discrete and unique moment in his life? Indeed, at one point he says: It sums up the difficulty tackled by the entire book, in that it asks postinddustrial a leap of faith that we take it seriously.

As Pietsch points out, it would have mortified Wallace that his ideas and work were to be conveyed on the Big Screen through the medium of postinduetrial Hollywood Star. Ultimately, we can only experience the world in our own head; we are radically and fundamentally disconnected from each other in that specific way. You are commenting using your WordPress. Email required Address never made public.

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The question of how much honesty is possible or appropriate in relationships pervades the volume. Brief Interviews with Hideous Men is, well, briefer, being a collection of, short radocally or, more accurately, as Wallace himself puts it, ‘not vignettes or scenarios or allegories or fables, exactly, 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 – even though these belletristic pieces are really short, they just don’t work like Flash Fictions are supposed to.

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That line is more than a joke. 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. You are commenting using your Twitter account. The admixture of beautiful novelistic prose in its highest form, the ability to imitate technical medical, legal, pharmaceutical and all other sorts of technical jargon, with his flair for dialogue, slang, grotesquerie, and his own special host of neologisms just makes DFW such a pleasure to read.


Now, who knows how happy or depressed or angst-ridden or ennui-consumed Wallace really was at the time of these conversations with Lipsky.

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

Topics David Foster Wallace. He could, of course, be accused of merely colluding with the vapidities of a modern culture where everything is put into inverted commas. But when one reads ‘Octet’, a virtuoso piece of imploding metafiction, one doubts it. Prev Rachel Dolezal and the Racial Trickster: One never knew, after all, did one now did one now did one. 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 postindustdial of modern popular culture.

She laughed very hard, hoping to be liked.

A literary establishment that had never so much as short-listed one of his books for a national prize now united to declare him a lost national treasure.

David Foster Wallace’s novel Infinite Jest, which a friend of mine nicknamed og Book’, weighed in at pages, with a further 97 pages of footnotes. In my estimation, there are few writers who are as fully capable of depicting the recursive aspects of anxiety and depression postiindustrial Wallace.

Wallace comes as close as is possible to asking for trust, offering sincerity, dealing with empathy and the writer-reader relationship.