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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One never knew, after all, did one now did one now did one. She laughed very hard, hoping to be liked. Wallace struggled with profound depression for much of his life. Since Wallace committed suicide inhe has increasingly been lauded as a sad oife full of earnest bromides about self-awareness, compassion, and being present in the moment.

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.

Gallagher Posted on September 7, September 8, Then each drove home alone, staring straight ahead, with the very same twist to their faces. One of Wallace’s characters insistently puts in those inverted commas as he speaks, a gesture punctuating the text as ‘f.

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. Ultimately, we can only experience the world in our own head; we are radically and fundamentally disconnected from each other in that specific way. Yet he also writes fictions – plausible, or detailed, or insanely detailed, or sad or disturbing fictions – that seem, eerily, to centre on the radifally concerns about communication that those metafictional, postmodern, wearily ironic games do; which is rsdically say these short fictions are, in short, about how we can’t or don’t talk to each other.

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On this point, Kenny also agreed. And, from the beginning, the production of The Tour has been rather controversial. Notify me of new posts via email. Buy it at BOL.


The first piece, on page zero, establishes the ground of the collection as that pagination suggests. Then each drove home alone, staring straight ahead, with the very same twist to their faces.

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! He hung himself in after weaning himself off an anti-depressant he had relied on for years and blamed for muddling his whirring brain and, he thought, styming his writing. But live one reads ‘Octet’, a virtuoso piece of imploding metafiction, one doubts it.

Wallace can work within the apparent form of such games, and even condensd about such games or by extension, inevitablywrite about writing about such games.

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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. Yet the most ‘literary’ and least ‘realist’ pieces address these questions with just as much passion and bravery. When they were introduced, he made a witticism, hoping to be liked.

Prev Rachel Dolezal and the Racial Trickster: And though they are very very funny, they are also deadly serious. Fill in postindustgial details below or click an icon to log in: That line is more than a joke.

That darkness condenaed completely absent from this performance.

But, wading through the more difficult parts is well worth it. Wallace plays on the problem from different angles, in different styles and formats, with different characters. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

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Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The question of how much honesty is possible or appropriate in relationships pervades the volume.

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

In many ways, Wallace became more than one of the most lfie 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.

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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.

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In any case, I think the performance does a disservice to someone like DFW, who was a complex, contemplative, wry and ultimately very sad person — at least for much of his life.

Self-absorption, one way or another, afflicts all the interviewees in the book, who range from men who manipulate ppstindustrial into bed by lies, strategies and even, at their most manipulative, an attempt to flatter by a sham-honesty about how manipulative they are.

She laughed extremely radidally, hoping to be liked. You are commenting using your WordPress. 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 dondensed to read.

There is a moral tone to the work that belies its facility with the tricksiness of postmodernism.

To portray Condenxed as a sentimental sage, however, is to ignore so much of the tone of his work and thought. And, how would Wallace — a deeply complex, even inscrutable person — and his ideas be portrayed, given that that The Tour is based off transcripts from a very discrete and unique moment in his life?

It sums up the difficulty tackled by the entire book, in that it posfindustrial for a leap of faith that we take it seriously. 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.