Fine in Fine Archival Case. Tight, bright, and unmarred. Quarterbound, leather spine, gilt lettering, hand-made pastepaper boards and endpages housed in matching archival box. 4to. Illus. (color plates). Limited lettered edition of 26 copies. Printed by Scott Vile at Ascensius Press, bound and boxed by Grey Parrot. The only fine press edition of this (or, to date, any) David Foster Wallace.
Fine. 4to. 1/4 leather over pastepaper boards. Limited to 26 deluxe copies only, this copy "J". Produced with the finest materials, the book was set and printed by Scott Vile of Fairfield, ME. With seven photographs from the 2010 Maine Lobster Festival taken and digitally printed by Matthew Robbins. Signed on the colophon by Vile and Robbins, as called for. Handsomely bound by Gray Parrot of Hancock, Maine and housed in a custom-made green cloth drop-back box with leather spine label. An exception production in very fine condition. The first private press edition of any work by David Foster Wallace. "Consider the Lobster" examines Rockland's Maine Lobster Festival and was originally published in the August 2004 issue of Gourmet magazine. As typical of the Infinite Jest author, the essay is equal parts reportage, science, and philosophy-examining questions of animal cruelty through the lens of the festival. One of Wallace's finest essays, a form he redefined and one for which he may ultimately be most remembered.
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David Foster Wallace proved himself an astute observer of the human condition. This book's insightful queries will be useful for any human with questions.
Dec 18, 2008
DFW exposes Adult Video Awards
Yes, despite the catchy headline David Foster Wallace really does turn his microscope on the American Video News's annual answer to the Acadamy Awards. And, then turns the same instrument on himself and on plenty of others in this display of his unique observational skills. As an added extra you also get footnotes galore (don't skip them.) You will also get the review of the Lobster Festival. This is a good way to break into the corpus of DFW if you haven't been exposed before. I loved it.
Apr 3, 2007
The Hilarious and Exasperating Mr. Wallace
I first read the essay "Consider the Lobster" in Gourmet magazine, of all places! That Gourmet would publish David Foster Wallace signals the periodical's new lively and risky editorial stance, and its publication resulted in the magazines greatest number of letters to the editor as from any other article they have published. Having read the essay, I couldn't wait to read the collection. Wallace, known more for his novels ("Infinite Jest") and experimental fiction ("Oblivion"), in his essays employs the same devices that are used (some say over-used) in his fiction - lengthy and convoluted footnotes, footnotes within footnotes. But in the essay form, the style seems to make more sense to me. In his fiction this kind of thing makes me imagine a smart wiseguy lurking behind the author's voice, telling me how smart he is. "Consider the Lobster" starts out as a high-spirited slice-of-Americana travelogue to the Maine Lobster festival and devolves into a meditation on the sentience of the American lobster, ruminations on PETA, whether or not lobsters feel pain, and so on. This is exactly the kind of thing that can get traditional Gourmet readers up in arms!
The other pieces in the collection take a look at the adult film business, American language usage, right-wing talk radio hosts, 9/11/2002, the campaign trail with Sen. John Mc Cain and reviews of Dostoyevsky, Updike and Kafka (whom is admired for "his humor"). In debt to Mark Twain, but also influenced by Pynchon, Tom Wolfe and Flannery O'Connor, David Foster Wallace is an American fictional voice to be reckoned with - brilliant, acerbic, hilarious and thought-provoking.
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