Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself

Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself

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SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE, STARRING JASON SEGAL AND JESSE EISENBERG, DIRECTED BY JAMES PONSOLDT An indelible portrait of David Foster Wallace, by turns funny and inspiring, based on a five-day trip with award-winning writer David Lipsky during Wallacea€™s Infinite Jest tour In David Lipskya€™s view, David Foster Wallace was the best young writer in America. Wallacea€™s pieces for Harpera€™s magazine in the a€™90s were, according to Lipsky, a€œlike hearing for the first time the brain voice of everybody I knew: Here was how we all talked, experienced, thought. It was like smelling the damp in the air, seeing the first flash from a storm a mile away. You knew something gigantic was coming.a€ Then Rolling Stone sent Lipsky to join Wallace on the last leg of his book tour for Infinite Jest, the novel that made him internationally famous. They lose to each other at chess. They get iced-in at an airport. They dash to Chicago to catch a make-up flight. They endure a terrible readera€™s escort in Minneapolis. Wallace does a reading, a signing, an NPR appearance. Wallace gives in and imbibes titanic amounts of hotel television (what he calls an a€œorgy of spectationa€). They fly back to Illinois, drive home, walk Wallacea€™s dogs. Amid these everyday events, Wallace tells Lipsky remarkable thingsa€”everything he can about his life, how he feels, what he thinks, what terrifies and fascinates and confounds hima€”in the writing voice Lipsky had come to love. Lipsky took notes, stopped envying him, and came to feel about hima€”that grateful, awake feelinga€”the same way he felt about Infinite Jest. Then Lipsky heads to the airport, and Wallace goes to a dance at a Baptist church. A biography in five days, Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself is David Foster Wallace as few experienced this great American writer. Told in his own words, here is Wallacea€™s own story, and his astonishing, humane, alert way of looking at the world; here are stories of being a young writera€”of being young generallya€”trying to knit together your ideas of who you should be and who other people expect you to be, and of being young in March of 1996. And of what it was like to be with anda€”as he tells ita€”what it was like to become David Foster Wallace. qIf you can think of times in your life that youa€™ve treated people with extraordinary decency and love, and pure uninterested concern, just because they were valuable as human beings. The ability to do that with ourselves. To treat ourselves the way we would treat a really good, precious friend. Or a tiny child of ours that we absolutely loved more than life itself. And I think ita€™s probably possible to achieve that. I think part of the job wea€™re here for is to learn how to do it. I know that sounds a little pious.q a€”David Foster Wallace From the Trade Paperback edition.Told in his own words, here is Wallacea€™s own story, and his astonishing, humane, alert way of looking at the world; here are stories of being a young writera€”of being young generallya€”trying to knit together your ideas of who you should ...


Title:Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself
Author:David Lipsky
Publisher:Broadway Books - 2010-04-13
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