Girl With Curious Hair

Girl With Curious Hair David Foster Wallace is one of the most prodigiously talented young writers in America today and Girl with Curious Hair is replete with his remarkable and unsettling re imaginations of reality From t

  • Title: Girl With Curious Hair
  • Author: David Foster Wallace
  • ISBN: 9780393313963
  • Page: 431
  • Format: Paperback
  • David Foster Wallace is one of the most prodigiously talented young writers in America today, and Girl with Curious Hair is replete with his remarkable and unsettling re imaginations of reality From the eerily real, almost holographic evocations of historical figures like Lyndon Johnson and overtelevised game show hosts and late night comedians to the title story, whereDavid Foster Wallace is one of the most prodigiously talented young writers in America today, and Girl with Curious Hair is replete with his remarkable and unsettling re imaginations of reality From the eerily real, almost holographic evocations of historical figures like Lyndon Johnson and overtelevised game show hosts and late night comedians to the title story, where terminal punk nihilism meets Young Republicanism, Wallace renders the incredible comprehensible, the bizarre normal, the absurd hilarious, the familiar strange.

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    1. David Foster Wallace

      David Foster Wallace worked surprising turns on nearly everything novels, journalism, vacation His life was an information hunt, collecting hows and whys I received 500,000 discrete bits of information today, he once said, of which maybe 25 are important My job is to make some sense of it He wanted to write stuff about what it feels like to live Instead of being a relief from what it feels like to live Readers curled up in the nooks and clearings of his style his comedy, his brilliance, his humaneness.His life was a map that ends at the wrong destination Wallace was an A student through high school, he played football, he played tennis, he wrote a philosophy thesis and a novel before he graduated from Amherst, he went to writing school, published the novel, made a city of squalling, bruising, kneecapping editors and writers fall moony eyed in love with him He published a thousand page novel, received the only award you get in the nation for being a genius, wrote essays providing the best feel anywhere of what it means to be alive in the contemporary world, accepted a special chair at California s Pomona College to teach writing, married, published another book and, last month Sept 2008 , hanged himself at age 46 excerpt from The Lost Years Last Days of David Foster Wallace by David Lipsky in Rolling Stone Magazine October 30, 2008.Among Wallace s honors were a Whiting Writers Award 1987 , a Lannan Literary Award 1996 , a Paris Review Aga Khan Prize for Fiction 1997 , a National Magazine Award 2001 , three O Henry Awards 1988, 1999, 2002 , and a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant.More thehowlingfantods dfw


    1. After finishing David Foster Wallace’s Girl With Curious Hair, I had to step back awhile before reviewing in fear I would simply come across as an overzealous cheerleader yelling ‘Give me a D!.Give me a F!Give me a W!.’. Like a teenage romance, I was so blinded by my love for this collection and author that I wasn’t sure exactly what it was I loved so much, and if this brightly burning passion was distracting me from the flaws and faults that I wouldn’t realize were there until much la [...]

    2. BEGINNING OF AN AFFAIRI saw him many times around here, since I joined the GR Club. Sometimes having tete-a-tete with one of my friends and sometimes being the cynosure of some group discussions. I thought of approaching him on many occasions but I didn’t want to come up as somewhat forward and I wasn’t even sure if he was my TYPES. Then a new year party invite brought us face to face with each other.David: Hi! How you doin?Me: *thinking about what should be an appropriate reply in correct E [...]

    3. My main response to reading Wallace is that I’m not clever enough to read Wallace. I go through long periods in his fiction not knowing what the hell is happening and what the narrator is narrating. My second response is that Wallace wrote fiction with a universal appeal, inscrutable at times, but with a heart and a mind built by NASA. Despite this, despite his intention to strike a basic human chord, his fiction is largely the domain of the hyper-literate, or folks like me, straining to be hy [...]

    4. "οι μερες περνουν,η θεια και ο θειος μου ειναι αψογα ευγενικοι, αλλα το Μειν γινεται ενα ακομη εδω αντι να ειναι εκει"terally,story of my lifeαυτο το βιβλιο αποτελειται απο 10 ιστοριες,μεταξυ των οποιων βρισκεται και αυτη που εδωσε τον τιτλο στο βιβλιο και που-κατα τη γνωμη μου-ειναι μια [...]

    5. Expressionless Little Animals"It's 1976. The sky is low and full of clouds. The gray clouds are bulbous and wrinkled and shiny. The sky looks cerebral. Under the sky is a field, in the wind. A pale highway runs beside the field. Lots of cars go by. One of the cars stops by the side of the highway. Two small children are brought out of the car by a young woman with a loose face. A man at the wheel of the car stares straight ahead. The children are silent and have very white skin. The woman carrie [...]

    6. (The following came up in the comment thread of my review of Oblivion: Stories.)The more I think about it the more I would recommend that people new to DFW start with his first short stories collection Girl with Curious Hair. His first two books (the novel/his college thesis paper (!)) The Broom of the System and the recently aforementioned short stories collection probably have a lower net level of run-on sentences and a more "accessible" style on the whole.Starting with Infinite Jest as I did [...]

    7. I am a DFW completist. Recently I have been suffering an anxiety that I had in fact not completed his first book of short stories, Girl with Curious Hair. It was time to reread it and banish those anxieties. In fact, best of my memory, I had cut out several years back mid-stride of “Lyndon.” Never mind why. Who would want to ask? I had, with clear evidence of memory, read the entirety of “Westward” under a tree in my backyard, upon a blanket (mom-made; Raggedy Ann and Andy pattern which [...]

    8. Guy With Furious Hair or ~ The Toga Party ~Little of this life has been spent considering death.Paternal grandparents never known died as words on the page of a letter received long after the event; maternal grandparents took their leave in hospital, Grandfather of emphysema when his grandchild was barely a teenager with no interest in a crabby and decaying invalid, Grandmother years later of organ failure and senility surrounded by those of the family that were bothered to make the trek to her [...]

    9. Difficult, brilliant, jarring, funny, ironically earnest and earnestly ironic with the limpidity of apostasy and the remote functionality of an egg-white toaster, I just wanted to grab myself by the front of my shirt and pull myself into this dizzyingly dexterous series of fictional contortions, wending through the labyrinth of self-aware, polymathic intelligence and meta-situations to find the author—standing apart from creations that the reader assists in imbuing with life with the melanchol [...]

    10. enyways=mah peeps sayin i red 2 much da dee eff dub but ah say tat i can neva red 2 much ah him and i can red whatevs u kow? example mah fav book [effinite gest:] ess dah best i wont red 5th times an i can neva red no buk afta an knot tink a hem, dee eff dub, an how much i luv him fur laiffe all da time u kow? example i will neva forget abut da gurrll wit tha hare an how much i luv da vice of dee eff dub an how he writs all laike mest up an weeeeeeurd but at da sam time kinda buitiful cause heh [...]

    11. David Foster Wallace turns the short story upside down and inside out, making the adjectives 'inventive,' 'unique,' and 'original' seem blasé. — T.C. BoyleT.C. Boyle turns the buddy blurb into an art form, making the adjectives 'hyperbolic,' 'obsequious,' and 'pompous ass' seem passé. Furthermore, dude looks like a Q-tip dipped in iodine. — Arthur GrahamI don't know what happened, but I'm pretty sure I was supposed to like this way more than I did.While there were definitely some solid sto [...]

    12. Sometimes I can't read more than 20 pages at a time of David Foster Wallace because I get so weighed down by his detail, psychology and theme that my ADD kicks in out of self-defense. Other times I have to break because I substituted comprehension in place of breathing for too long and I just needed a more straightforward book.LyndonShe said ‘Love’ is simply a word. It joins separate things. Lyndon and I, though you would disagree, agree that we do not properly love one another anymore. Beca [...]

    13. Creo que debiera tener la opción de permitirte calificar una o dos veces al año uno o dos libros con más de 5 estrellas.Este sería uno de mis libros con más de 5 estrellas.Cada uno de los relatos es un bombazo.El primero me recordó a un buen heredero literario de Salinger.El segundo es de una tensión brutal.El tercero (que da título al libro) precede magistralmente lo que de alguna manera desarrollará con gran tino Ellis en American Psycho.El cuarto es de lo mejor que he leído en lite [...]

    14. Tiene relatos que parecen una completa burla de Foster Wallace al lector. Relatos que no parecen tener ningún sentido. Relatos agotadores que te hacen usar tu mayor fuerza de voluntad para terminarlos. Pero tiene otros alcanzan un punto de excelencia apoteósico. La última historia (que en realidad se podría llamar novela corta), Hacia el oeste, el avance del imperio continúa, es de lo mejor que he leído: quebró mi manera de ver el mundo de la Publicidad y el Yo solipsista. Foster Wallace [...]

    15. I read this as an act of mourning for a writer I never understood. Nonetheless, his death shook me to the core for here was a man who had many things I've spent the last few years of my life desiring like an enthusiastic Bears fan. I'd attempted Infinite Jest earlier this year and had given up, feeling his verbal pyrotechnics would only end in nausea. Outpourings of grief on various web addresses painted an entirely new portrait of the man; one I had missed on my initial encounter with his work. [...]

    16. Edit again: So even though I haven't read all of DFW's work yet, I think this book would be a good place to start for someone who has read none. Originally I was telling people Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, but that's just because that's the first one I read and I loved it. This collection is fucking brilliant. It's beyond my ability to really say more. I remember I was reading "Little Expresionless Animals" the day before DFW died, and I was like "oh my god I can't believe someone this bri [...]

    17. [] mi ritrovai a sentirmi salire nella gola succhiottata la tentazione soffocante di esplicare discolpare, essoterizzare, estinguere in me stesso e per me stesso la verità, la piatta, poco attraente e poco interessante verità che mi si era concretizzata di fronte grazie a null'altro che una piccola riga scritta velocemente a matita in caratteri leggeri e tremolanti sopra l'orinatoio più a sud del bagno degli uomini sul piano dove si trovava il mio studio all'università, la riga che diceva so [...]

    18. You can't be cool unless you like David Foster Wallace. It's like a rule or something. You have to get it. You have to even refer to him by his initials: DFW. Like a password; so the other members of the cognescenti will know you are one of them, one of the cool ones. And, well, I would certainly like to be cool. So I gave this book a try. Actually, I gave the title story, Girl with the Curious Hair, four tries. I am sorry to admit that I am not cool.Girl with the Curious Hair is about a doucheb [...]

    19. This book is very clever because every story is post-something. Little Expressionless Animals, Lydon, My Appearance- Post-Delillo. Luckily- post Beckett. Girl with curious Hair- post-Easton Ellis. John Billy- post-Faulkner. Here and There- post writing workshop (okay, that's a stretch.) Say Never- post Roth. Everything is Green- I really don't know, but induction says that this, too, is post-something. And the mother of all the posts, 'Westward the Course of Empire,' is post-Barth (unfortunately [...]

    20. Mi reseña propiamente dicha de 'La niña del pelo raro'4 + 5 + 3 + 4 + 2 + 5 + 4 + 3 + 3 + 3 = 36 36 : 10 = 3,6Ésta sería la fórmula que explicaría mi valoración de los relatos de 'La niña del pelo raro'. Por supuesto, esto no quiere decir absolutamente nada. Debí leer este libro por primera vez debe hacer unos cinco años. Desde entonces, aunque no lo parezca, debo haber cambiado. Aunque sólo sea porque ahora 'La niña del pelo raro' me ha gustado mucho más, supongo que porque he pill [...]

    21. La niña del pelo raro es una interesante recopilación de los primeros relatos de Foster Wallace publicados en diferentes revistas y periódicos. En este libro ya se puedo apreciar su gran talento en algunos relatos y su afán por experimentar utilizando diferentes formas de narración y estilos. Una de las cosas que me suele suceder es que después de Foster Wallace me resulta más ligero leer otras cosas. Supongo que esto se debe a que el bueno de David no deja que te distraigas y su estilo h [...]

    22. The first story, Little Expressionless Animals, the start of it… I mean, I normally chose books by reading the first paragraph(as I’m quite an ignorant and not cultured at all specially on foreign fiction, and by foreign I mean non-Spanish). But anyway, the girl and her brother are told to get out of the car in the middle of a highway, grab the post, see you later. That was something. But then it turns into something more. The lesbian story, the game show, the fact that the producer is now w [...]

    23. (4.5, but 5 for originality)If I could have anyone in the world I'd like explain what 8 dimensions looks like, David Foster Wallis would have been the man. A Frank Zappa wordsmith, be prepared to eat the yellow snow. His stories are like Jackson Pollock drip paintings. You're either going to say, "Groovy" or you just won't get it. He's Doctor Jacoby from Twin Peaks with the one-eye orange, one-eye blue sunglasses and Hawaiian T-shirt clacking on aromatic astro turf donning out "shaka brah" wavel [...]

    24. An envy-inducing collection, the sort where even failures like the frankly annoying experiment with voice "John Billy" (intended as a Gass tribute, but it comes off more as a Gass parody - DFW would become just as good in his own way at blending erudition with slang as Gass was, but with "John Billy" it all rings false) and the frustratingly preachy tone of "Westward the Course of the Empire Takes Its Way," which is a nice predecessor to Infinite Jest but shows us why we don't need to be metafic [...]

    25. Ho fatto una fatica immane a finire questa raccolta di racconti. Mi annoiava, non mi veniva voglia di continuarla, anzi cercavo delle scuse per evitare di leggerla. Non appena prendevo La ragazza dai capelli strani in manoSul treno: Potrei leggere, ma non mi va. Meglio ascoltare un po’ di musica e poi che bella giornata che è oggi, che carine le montagne in primavera, godiamoci il paesaggio…Nel tempo libero: Finalmente posso leggere un po’…però avrei proprio voglia di un'altra puntata [...]

    26. uneven is the word. also "too clever by half" is a few more words. I actually really liked most of the stories here, but the ones I didn't like (John Billy, Westward the Course of Empire Takes its Way) were invariably the longer ones, so on a page by page basis I found it a bit whatever. there is a lot of metafiction stuff in this collection, which I am not so into. like, the longest story here (Westward) is supposedly an extended satire of a postmodern short story by John Barth, Lost in the Fun [...]

    27. The groundwork for later genius; worth buying for the sexy fun with LBJ.Many of these stories go in differing directions stylistically. You can hear the shortest one set to music here or hear it straight here

    28. David Foster Wallace is one of my favourite authors, but there's one thing about his writing that has occasionally irked or disappointed me: his writing when it involves race. In the cases with some other books (including The Pale King, where pretty much the only non-white character is a woman who, due to her complicated history 'back home', gives blowjobs to move up in the corporate world, and I think it was one of his essay collections where he writes about how he lectured a black student in a [...]

    29. On CelebrityWhat nearly the whole collection revolves around. The fetishizing and deifying of celebrity grows every year in America. It wasn’t new in the late 80s, it’s not yet cliché here in 2013. But it’s not just the John Lord’s we’re idly fascinated with. It’s the Jeopardy champions. It’s the local football stars whose lives are actually sad and desolate as the prairie that surrounds them. To be a celebrity is a perceived escape from loneliness. On LonelinessI haven’t made i [...]

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