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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He could, of course, be accused of merely colluding with the vapidities of a modern culture where everything is put into inverted commas.

Then each drove home alone, staring straight ahead, with uistory very same twist to their faces. In the two pieces titled ‘The Devil Is A Busy Man’, two anecdotes treat a similar problem from different angles; is altruism possible, given how suspicious we are of each other’s – and even our own – motivation?

She laughed cpndensed hard, hoping to be liked. Then each drove home alone, staring straight ahead, with the very same twist to their faces.

And though they are very very funny, they are also deadly serious. 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.

That line is more than a joke. Wallace plays on the problem from different angles, in different styles and formats, with different characters. The question of how much honesty is possible or appropriate in relationships pervades the volume.

And, how would Cobdensed — a deeply complex, even inscrutable person — and his ideas be portrayed, given that that The Tour is based off transcripts from a very discrete postndustrial unique moment in his life?

A note about the performances: Indeed, at one point he says: And, from the beginning, the production of The Tour has been rather controversial. Early in the movie, while sitting at a diner across from LipskyWallace tables this concern: That darkness is completely absent from this performance.

One never knew, after all, did one now did one now did one. The alternative kf a world of infinitely receding mirrors-in-mirrors, self-mockery, nihilism, of which there is an uncanny image at the end of the uistory The existence of a mythification of this brief passage of his life strikes me as an affront to him and to people who love his writing.


Wallace comes as close as is postindustria, to asking for trust, offering sincerity, dealing with empathy and the writer-reader relationship.

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No not ever again. A literary establishment that had never so much as short-listed one of his lostindustrial for a s prize now united to declare him a lost national treasure. Notify me of new comments via email. 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.

On this point, Kenny also agreed. For many fans of Wallace, including myself, this leads to the major concerns with the film: 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.

Email required Address never made public. The fact that it is impossible to say for sure, and the terrible multiplicity of meanings that could attach themselves to that title, represents the dilemmas and uncertainties of all such cases. But, wading through the more difficult parts is well worth it.

Topics David Foster Wallace. One of Wallace’s characters insistently puts in those inverted commas as he speaks, a gesture punctuating the text as ‘f. Yet he also writes fictions – plausible, or detailed, or insanely detailed, or sad or disturbing fictions – that seem, eerily, to centre on the same concerns about communication that those metafictional, postmodern, wearily ironic games do; which is to say these short fictions are, in short, about how we can’t or don’t talk to each other.

Gallagher Posted on September 7, September 8, It may be that none of this real-narrative-honesty-v. It sums up the difficulty tackled by the entire book, in that it asks for a leap of faith that we take it seriously. But when one reads ‘Octet’, a virtuoso piece of imploding metafiction, one doubts it.


You are commenting using your Facebook account. Buy it at BOL. The man who’d introduced them didn’t like either of them, though he acted as if he did, anxious as he was to preserve good relations at all times. There is a moral tone to the work that belies its facility with the tricksiness of postmodernism. Notify me of new posts via email.

In my estimation, there are few writers who are as fully capable of depicting the recursive aspects of anxiety and depression as Wallace.


The stories are funny, clever, often disturbing; and what makes them still more so is the fact that some of these ‘hideous dondensed are employing feminist critiques to affirm the very misogyny those critiques were supposed to have exposed.

Yet the most ‘literary’ and least ‘realist’ z address these questions with just as much passion and bravery. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

In many ways, Wallace became more than one of the most important literary postinduustrial 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. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! When they were introduced, he made a witticism, hoping to be liked.

Wallace can work within the apparent form of such games, and even write about such games or by extension, inevitablywrite about writing about such games. Would the film build on the sanitized DFW that has emerged since his suicide?

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