A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments
By David Foster Wallace
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book 61/100 Pages 353
If you’ve never read David Foster Wallace and don’t want to tackle the enormity that is Infinite Jest, this is a great introduction. Seven essays on a variety of subjects including tennis, cruise ships, television, and even David Lynch. Even if you aren’t familiar or interested in these topics, he describes and examines them that keep your interest. (I’m barely know anything about tennis and two of the essays feature the sport and I found them quite entertaining).
The titular story is worth the read alone, DFW goes on a cruise and finds that “there is something about a mass-market luxury cruise that’s unbearably sad”. It deals with a lot of his personal introspection on the ship while describing various acquaintances on board with him whom he interacts with. All of the essays are entertaining, intellectual, strange, ordinary, and just plain human.
DFW gives unique interpretations of experiences that would otherwise seem mundane. His writing elevates the dull rudderlessness of our realities and gives us an outpouring of sincerity and creative temperament by elevating these tedious everyday realities we face.