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Satire's American King Bret Easton Ellis Whites Himself Out with Alleged Work of Non-Fiction, 'White'

Let's pretend for a moment that Bret Easton Ellis is capable of such a staggering feat of truth-telling, and read White as if it is indeed a work of nonfiction.

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David Foster Wallace Unpacks Pop Fiction

A newly available syllabus from a 1994 class taught by David Foster Wallace shows a great willingness to engage with mass-market fiction on a critical level.

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The Ghost of Ted Mosby Lingers in 'Liberal Arts'

Josh Radnor may be trying to go to the classic actor/writer/director formula to break free from the character type he's become ensconced in by How I Met Your Mother, but Liberal Arts looks a lot like a product of Ted Mosby's imagination.

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In America, Imagination is a Third Party: The Presidency in Fiction

Fiction lets us to explore our weirdest speculations and darkest fears about the person who sits in the White House. Is reality, under America's current president, worse than fiction?

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'Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story' Is a Short Account of a Too-Short Life

David Foster Wallace was brilliant, famous, and dead before he was 50. This book is the first major biography of a complex man.

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'How to Make It in America'? Well for Starters, Don't Make Hopeful Television

The HBO dramedy How to Make It in America, despite being one of television's best programs, could not make it because it was too hopeful and joyful to survive a culture of cyncism.

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The Ferocious Morality of David Foster Wallace

Any relationship with Wallace is destined for generosity, spirituality, and given the honesty and vulnerability of the writer, intimacy. It’s also going to be a serious challenge. It will challenge the reader’s intellect, ideology, and most of all, conception of morality.

David Masciotra
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Infinite Gesturing?: James Wood Takes on David Foster Wallace

“Reading Wallace,” says literary critic James Wood, “is like playing a reed instrument. When do you take a breath?”

Jared Killeen
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Infinite Flameout

I kept wishing I was reading the Cliffs Notes version of Infinite Jest that put the action in the right order and explained what all the stupid abbreviations stood for.

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This is Water: Remembering David Foster Wallace

Nicholson Baker. Bill Murray. Mark Leyner. David Byrne. Steve Martin. The Coen Brothers. And in the middle of it all, David Foster Wallace.

Chris Osmond and Will Layman
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Lady Lazarus by Andrew Foster Altschul

Lady Lazarus is a naked lunch. The circuit is closed. The simulacrum ironically, paradoxically, signifies everything.

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The Resilient Works of Roberto Bolaño's Raccoon-Resistant, Water Resistant, Immortal

Roberto Bolaño's Los Detectives Salvajes, like so many good works, traverses time, language, cultures, and survives a bit battered, but little worse for the wear.

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Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity by David Foster Wallace

This account of infinity is enough to make a head reel, as paradoxes, mind games, and riddles that left the greatest minds in mathematics stumped for ages are packed into a matter of a few hundred pages.

Anne K. Yoder

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