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On porn, prose and loneliness: An appreciation of David Foster Wallace
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I’ve been thinking a lot this week, which marks the 20th anniversary of Infinite Jest’s publication, about the first time I ever read David Foster Wallace’s work.

I plowed through “Big Red Son,” the first essay in Wallace’s Consider the Lobster, during a study hall period when I was a high school senior.

About 10 minutes in, I considered lighting the book on fire and throwing it out the window in a fit of awe and pure, unbridled jealousy. The experience of reading Foster when you’re an aspiring writer is akin to watching a Larry Bird highlight reel when you have dreams of playing in the NBA. You’re certainly inspired by his general next-levelness, but simultaneously stricken with thoughts of inferiority. Briefly, you may consider never writing or shooting a jump shot ever again for as long as you live. Read more…

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On porn, prose and loneliness: An appreciation of David Foster Wallace

I’ve been thinking a lot this week, which marks the 20th anniversary of Infinite Jest’s publication, about the first time I ever read David Foster Wallace’s work.

I plowed through “Big Red Son,” the first essay in Wallace’s Consider the Lobster, during a study hall period when I was a high school senior.

About 10 minutes in, I considered lighting the book on fire and throwing it out the window in a fit of awe and pure, unbridled jealousy. The experience of reading Foster when you’re an aspiring writer is akin to watching a Larry Bird highlight reel when you have dreams of playing in the NBA. You’re certainly inspired by his general next-levelness, but simultaneously stricken with thoughts of inferiority. Briefly, you may consider never writing or shooting a jump shot ever again for as long as you live. Read more…More about Books, David Foster Wallace, Entertainment, and Infinite Jest http://bit.ly/1Q020VS