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Wednesday, 2 June 2010

A Road Trip w David Foster Wallace

Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace is a book of conversations with Wallace compiled by Rolling Stone Magazine's David Lipsky. In 1996, Wallace was on tour across America for Infinite Jest, the book that made him into a literary star. Lipsky accompanied Wallace on the final leg of the tour for five days, on assignment from Rolling Stone to write a profile of the emerging writer. However, the magazine later canceled the article, and all the conversations and insights assembled were left to gather dust.
Until now, that is! Dun dun dunnn...

Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself transcribes all the interviews performed between Lipsky and Wallace, offering a portrait of Wallace through his own words - a sort of "biography in five days", to quote Random House.

Ken Kalfus of The New York Times observes of the book in his review:
"A striking feature of Lipsky’s book is the delicate dance between the earnest celebrity reporter and the savvy celebrity-­shy subject, each aware that their encounter serves an exterior purpose, yet each also sensitive to the possibility of a real human connection, even friendship. “It’s kind of intense,” Wallace observes."

Ideal for those intrigued by the enigmatic figure of David Foster Wallace, as well as for those who savor delving into complex and fascinating individuals, Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself offers a transcribed narrative of Wallace's life, thoughts, and persona.

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