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David Foster Wallace Fan…Or No?

A new film about David Foster Wallace was released on Friday. The End of the Tour stars Jason Segel as DFW and Jesse Eisenberg as David Lipsky.

We’ve talked about the film here on 101 Books before, just briefly. It covers the time in which Lipsky, a writer for the Rolling Stone, followed Wallace on a book tour right as Infinite Jest was blowing up and Wallace was becoming famous.

I’ve yet to see the film, and today’s Monday question isn’t really about the film. It’s more about DFW. 

Infinite Jest was the 16th novel I read as part of the 101 Books project, and I actually enjoyed it. Was it easy? Definitely not. Did I “get” all of it? Nope. Would I read it again? I’m not sure. But I’m glad to have read the novel, and I believe that David Foster Wallace deserved all the acclaim he received for it.

I’m a fan of David Foster Wallace, and I absolutely intend to read more of his work after I’m finished with 101 Books. But I know many people have tried reading his work and put it down.

What about you? Have you read any of Wallace’s work, and what has been your experience with it?

(Image: Wikimedia Commons)

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  1. chottabhai #

    reading it right now. to think of it things seem so obvious and easy.. if one sets mind to the fact that it is fiction and one man just kept on creating these verbal diversions its immaculate..

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    August 3, 2015
  2. I read Infinite Jest just this year, and I completely agree with your feelings; definitely worth it, but I probably won’t repeat. I’ve only read a handful of his essays, but I loved them. I plan to keep combing through his work little by little.

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    August 3, 2015
  3. I have not read any of Wallace’s work. But I am definitely looking forward to the movie.

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    August 3, 2015
    • Me as well. I doubt if I see it in theater, but will definitely watch in Netflix.

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      August 3, 2015
  4. I read “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again” a couple years ago and highly recommend it from the non-fiction side. “Infinite Jest” is on my TBR list.

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    August 3, 2015
  5. I started Infinite Jest early last summer and made it about 100 pages before calling Uncle. I had a lot of external stress happening, and I just couldn’t devote the mental energy I needed to getting through the book. Maybe I’ll go back to it one day. A friend just recommended Consider the Lobster, and I am interested in checking that out soon.

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    August 3, 2015
  6. I’m a huge fan, but I’m sure you remember that. I read the book-length interview that the movie is based on and it’s fantastic. I’m nervous about the movie, but I know I’ll watch it when it shows up on NetFlix.

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    August 4, 2015
  7. emilymullaswilson #

    I read The Pale King, and it was revelatory. That novel changed the way I thought about what fiction was and what it was capable of doing–it broke all the rules. It was a book I couldn’t get out of my head, even though the experience of reading it wasn’t what I’d call enjoyable. Hard work to get through, but definitely worth it. I would read it again and again.

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    August 4, 2015
  8. I tend to always put his work down. I can’t follow it on the sentence level in some cases. I think if I read it with a book club or in a class, I would fare better. I do like he speeches and interviews and some of his essays.

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    August 5, 2015

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