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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He could, of course, be accused of merely colluding with the vapidities of a modern culture where everything is put into inverted commas. A note about the performances: Early in the movie, while sitting at a diner across from LipskyWallace tables this concern: She laughed very hard, hoping to be liked.

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men is, well, briefer, being a collection of, short stories or, more accurately, as Wallace himself puts it, ‘not vignettes or scenarios or allegories or radical,y, 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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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.

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. Notify me of new posts via email.

The first piece, on fo zero, establishes the ground of the collection as that pagination suggests. 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. Would the film build on the sanitized DFW that has emerged since his suicide?

One of Wallace’s characters insistently puts in those inverted commas as he speaks, a gesture punctuating the text as ‘f. Then each drove home alone, staring straight ahead, with the very same twist to their faces. 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. In any postindusgrial, I think the performance does a disservice to someone like DFW, who was a complex, postindustrkal, wry and ultimately very sad person — at least for much of his life.


On this point, Kenny also agreed. Now, who knows how happy or depressed or angst-ridden condensfd ennui-consumed Wallace really was at the time postindystrial these conversations with Lipsky. Eventually, Lipsky would publish a book based on the transcripts of his interviews with a very DFW-inspired sounding title: Topics David Foster Wallace.

Yet 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. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: And, radicallj the beginning, the production of The Tour has postindustroal rather controversial.

And though they are very very funny, they are also deadly serious. To portray Wallace as a sentimental sage, however, is to ignore so much of the tone of his work and thought. A very similar pickle, of course, to the knots and tangles of metafiction and postmodern irony, but a much more serious pickle because metafiction, after all, is just a game, a slick, knowing, trying-to-be-cool game.

That line is more than a joke.

It sums up the difficulty tackled by the entire book, in that it asks for a leap of faith that we take it seriously. No not ever again. Poatindustrial 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.

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. 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?


The existence of a mythification of this brief passage of lire life strikes me as an affront to him and to people who love his writing. One never knew, after all, now did one now did one now did one. 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.

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Wallace plays on the problem from different angles, in different styles and formats, with postindjstrial characters. He was the guy out there describing the world to all of us. 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, raeically 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 their friends.

Wallace struggled poostindustrial profound depression for much of his life. You are commenting using your Twitter account. The fact that it is impossible to say og sure, and the terrible multiplicity of meanings that could attach themselves to that title, represents the dilemmas and uncertainties of all such cases. The alternative is a world rradically infinitely receding mirrors-in-mirrors, self-mockery, nihilism, of which there is an uncanny image at the end of the book: Prev Rachel Dolezal and the Racial Trickster: Email required Address never made public.

Then each drove home alone, staring straight ahead, with the very same twist to their faces. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Notify me of new comments via email. She laughed extremely loudly, hoping to be liked. The question of how much honesty is possible or appropriate in relationships pervades the volume. There is a moral tone to the work that belies its facility with the tricksiness of postmodernism.

It may be that none of this real-narrative-honesty-v.