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Both Flesh And Not

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Both Flesh and Not: Essays

David Foster Wallace's non-fiction has always been a good point of entry for readers who are sensitive to high page counts. Wallace's essays and features, on the other hand, offer a taste of his style as well as an outline of his obsessions, without the drowning sensation that accompanies much of his fiction. Both Flesh and Not , a selection of previously uncollected essays, some of which have never been published in the UK, is the fourth major Wallace-related book to arrive posthumously. Inevitably, it has something of the atmosphere of a car boot sale in the late afternoon: all the best stuff's been taken. But there are pleasures that make the book worthwhile, if not essential. Two of the highlights are essays on tennis reading Wallace's work has meant that I've consumed hundreds of pages about the sport; I've certainly spent more time reading about it than watching it , the first of which is both a report on a match and an analysis of Roger Federer's style of play, which is raised to the metaphysical in Wallace's appreciation.

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Beloved for his brilliantly discerning eye, his verbal elasticity and his uniquely generous imagination, David Foster Wallace was heralded by critics and fans as the voice of a generation. Collected in Both Flesh and Not are fifteen essays published for the first time in book form, including writing never published before in the UK. From 'Federer Both Flesh and Not', considered by many to be his nonfiction masterpiece; to 'The As it Were Seminal Importance of Terminator 2 ,' which deftly dissects James Cameron's blockbuster; to 'Fictional Futures and the Conspicuously Young', an examination of television's effect on a new generation of writers, David Foster Wallace's writing swoops from erudite literary discussion to open-hearted engagement with the most familiar of our twentieth-century cultural references. A celebration of Wallace's great loves - for language, for precision, for meaning - and a feast of enjoyment for his fans, Both Flesh and Not is a fitting tribute to this writer who was never concerned with anything less important than what it means to be alive. Both Flesh and Not brims with jewels of insight and expression' Independent. It is a treasure trove for those who love the complexities of language' US Timeout.

KIRKUS REVIEW

Thank you! Previously uncollected essays and reportage by the late author, reflecting his varied interests, from tennis to Borges to higher math. The remainder of the collection is weaker, composed of book reviews and brief essays on politics, sex and the writing life that feel less impassioned than commissioned. A report on the U. There was a problem adding your email address.

What qualities did David Foster Wallace most prize in nonfiction writing? In his fiction and nonfiction he mapped this new America that was entertaining itself to death and reeling at once from overstimulation and boredom, information overload and emotional numbness. He charted the absurdities and sadnesses of life in this land of hype and hyperbole, and he did so in incandescent prose that was as magical as it was elastic. Compression and plainness were not among his gifts, but clarity, precision and lucidity were. His expansive, metastasizing narratives and baroquely detailed descriptions represented efforts to pin down this increasingly incomprehensible reality with exactitude and nuance. Even the more compelling essays in this volume — like so much of his fiction — could have done with a little judicious pruning.

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  1. Both Flesh and Not: Essays is a collection of fifteen essays by American author David Foster As the book's publisher notes in the back matter, "Some of the ideas and language in this essay appear in 'E Unibus Pluram,' [from] A Supposedly.

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