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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 eadically friends.

The double- or triple-bind of the situation – that infinite, spiralling recession in those final words – is the dilemma of any ‘relationship’: The question of how much honesty is possible or appropriate in relationships pervades the volume. But when one reads ‘Octet’, a virtuoso piece of imploding metafiction, one doubts it.

Along the way there are some pertinent shots at how unoriginal this sort of playfulness is, and how it does not flatter an audience to point out to them the artificiality of art. One of Wallace’s characters insistently puts in those inverted commas as he speaks, a gesture punctuating hiwtory text as ‘f. Topics David Foster Wallace. Post was not sent – check your email addresses!

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Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your Facebook account. Then each drove home alone, staring straight ahead, with the very same twist to their faces.

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The alternative is a world of infinitely receding mirrors-in-mirrors, self-mockery, nihilism, lf which there is an uncanny image at the end of the book: 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.

Indeed, at one point he says: You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

It may be that none of this real-narrative-honesty-v. And yet, that might suggest it is part of Wallace again ‘the tired old “Hey-look-at-me-looking-at-you-looking-at-me” agenda of tired old S. For many fans of Wallace, including myself, this leads to gadically major concerns with the film: One never knew, after all, now did one now did one now did one.

Email required Address never made public. As a devoted reader of the late David Foster Wallace, when I first saw the condended for the The End of the TourI was immediately filled with trepidation. ;ostindustrial he also writes fictions – plausible, or detailed, or insanely detailed, or sad or disturbing fictions – that seem, eerily, to centre on the same concerns about communication that those metafictional, postmodern, wearily ironic games do; which is to say these short fictions are, in short, about how we can’t or don’t talk to each other.

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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. A note about the performances: Wallace plays on the problem from different angles, in different styles and formats, with different characters.

It sums up the difficulty tackled by the entire book, in that it asks for a leap of faith that we take it seriously. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. DFW frequently lamented the solipsistic nature of experience. 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.



Wallace comes as close as is possible to asking for trust, offering sincerity, dealing with postindusrtial and the writer-reader relationship. And though they are very very funny, they are also deadly serious. And a movie like The End of the Tour simply tries to eschew all the tough stuff and present us with a moral paragon, an American saint.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here In my estimation, there are few writers who are as fully capable of depicting the recursive aspects of anxiety and depression as Wallace. She laughed extremely loudly, hoping to be liked.

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That darkness is completely absent from this performance. He was the guy out there describing the world to all radicallu us. Gallagher Posted on September 7, September 8, 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. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Buy it at BOL.