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Review: 'Brief Interviews with Hideous Men'

In 1997, David Foster Wallace wrote a scathingly piercing review of John Updike’s Midpoint for The New York Observer. Entitled, in characteristically unapologetic style, ‘John Updike, Champion Literary Phallocrat, Drops One; Is This Finally the End for Magnificent Narcissists?’, Wallace attacked the “Great Male Narcissists” of post-war fiction. 939 more words


REVIEW: Brief Interviews with Hideous Men @ BT, 7:30pm HT3

“You know what I think the Oxford theatre scene is desperately lacking? More male characters” mumbled No-One Ever to himself as he sat in The Missing Bean, sipping his soy flat white. 222 more words


the blithe teleology

“nor the irony that the blithe teleology of this quote impending New Age is exactly the same cultural permission-slip that Manifest Destiny was, or the Reich or the dialectic of the proletariat or the Cultural Revolution — all the same. 27 more words


DFW's Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, books as memory objects, etc.

On our short walk home from her school yesterday, my darling daughter inquires if we can go to the bookstore. She needs some new Junie B. 949 more words


Sources of Anxiety in David Foster Wallace Part 2: "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men"

Patricia Waugh describes metafiction as “fictional writing which self-consciously and systematically draws attention to its status as an artifact in order to pose questions about the relationship between fiction and reality” (Waugh 2). 1,959 more words


Sources of Anxiety in David Foster Wallace Part 1: "Forever Overhead"

In his writing, David Foster Wallace tackles topics like depression and anxiety, especially fear of ridicule, and how they affect members of modern generations. The two short stories “Forever Overhead” and “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, #20, 12-96, New Haven, CT, ” are great examples of his commentary on the anxieties of sexuality and trying to connect with other people. 1,685 more words