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David Foster Wallace: In His Own Words Speech

David Foster Wallace: In His Own Words

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Publisher's Summary

"[DFW's] delivery is dead-on and fresh, the words often springing from his mouth as if conceived on the spot.... an audible confirmation that modern American writing continues to gain strength." (Publishers Weekly on Consider the Lobster)

Collected here for the first time are the stories and speeches of David Foster Wallace as read by the author himself. Over the course of his career, David Foster Wallace recorded a variety of his work in diverse circumstances - from studio recordings to live performances - that are finally compiled in this unique collection. Some of the pieces collected here are: "Another Pioneer", recorded at The University of Arizona Poetry Center; stories from Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and Consider the Lobster, recorded in the studio; and the unforgettable "This Is Water", his 2005 commencement address given at Kenyon College. Also included are two interviews and a 2005 conversation with Rick Moody at Herbst Theater in San Francisco. This collection has a special introduction written and read by acclaimed writer and editor John Jeremiah Sullivan.

For fans of David Foster Wallace who have read everything he ever wrote as well as those looking to familiarize themselves with his work, David Foster Wallace: In His Own Words is a special, unique collection unavailable anywhere else.

©2014 David Foster Wallace (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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    "Essential DFW"

    This collection simply evinces Wallace's power to radically change a worldview with his writing; less a port- or starboard "turn" in worldview, but rather a plunging to new depths. And what glorious things await down there. This is essential for any DFW fan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paulo Abelha Ferreira 03/06/2017
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    "Great writer, important voice"

    This is water and David Foster Wallace dissolved back into us. Great writer, important voice.

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  • Amazon Customer
    07/04/16
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    "The best book on Audible!"

    I'm a woman from the baby boomer generation and I can't remember being as inspired by any writer ever more than I am by David Foster Wallace. He has given us the gift of a very real magic mirror in which to see ourselves and our culture. He dares us to look into it and not look away again until we are changed. I thank this most skillful and artful of humans who sacrificed himself to leave us with these experiences, begging for us to live with a broader bandwidth of understanding.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nik L
    25/11/15
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    "Absolute must for any DFW fan"

    I never leave reviews on anything. This was worth it. Here are five extra words.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Roger
    Howell, NJ, United States
    10/08/16
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    "The place to start with DFW"

    Ten years ago I started Infinite Jest. I made it to page 89. I stopped not because it was too difficult or not interesting, but because I simply wasn't in the mood for such a commitment at the time. I've read longer books and enjoyed them, so it wasn't the length either.

    Fast forward to the present and my new audible obsession. I considered IJ but opted for this collection instead, primarily because I wanted to sample his works and, more importantly, hear his read how own stuff.

    I'm now among those who consider DFW among the best writers of my generation. I would recommend this selection as the place to start if you are new to his writings.

    Of the pieces offered here, my favorite is his review of tennis star Tracy Austin's ghost written memoir. The concluding commencement speech (available elsewhere for free, as both audio and video) is also excellent.

    Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andre
    16/05/15
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    "He lives"

    Loved it. Such a lovely lovely collection. Glad to be able to keep him close.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    07/08/15
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    "Footnotes"

    It was great to have the footnotes included and shows how well it works for us

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Linda J. Sisco
    Morristown, NJ, USA
    18/04/17
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    "Astounding"

    There is a path, a path we may hope to follow where with each step we leave more of ourself behind and where, with no notice, no signage, we discover we are no longer on the path we were so sure would take us where we wanted to go. And so with no destination known and no destination home we shed our sureness and look up in wonder.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jacob Ford
    Western East Village
    16/04/17
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    "Undisregardably good"

    I assume the professionally talented audiobook narrators, when they are alone together sipping hot toddies in their private high-fidelity dens, critique DFW’s slow and hummy reading voice. But I think it is right. I do not demand a book be vocally performed any more than I demand each character’s quotations be printed in a bespoke color.

    DFW is reading aloud, at times guiding or inserting a paratextual sentence, and it feels good.

    N.b., which stands for nota bene but really just means by the way: this audiobook contains all the content of the Consider the Lobster (or at least the DFW-voiced extent of it), so budget your credits accordingly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • luis
    16/02/17
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    "NO TRACKLIST"
    What would have made David Foster Wallace: In His Own Words better?

    8 HOURS ALMOST 9 AND NOT A SINGLE CHAPTER TITLE, IMPOSIBLE TO FIND


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Foster Wallace again?

    I GUESS I'D HAVE TO LISTEN IT AGAIN AND AGAIN UNTIL FINDING ANYTHING


    Would you be willing to try another one of David Foster Wallace’s performances?

    SURE


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emilio Sandoz
    Washington, DC
    18/01/17
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    "Fantastic."

    If you like Wallace, you'll love this. And if you've never heard This is Water, the last piece, it's worth it for that alone. What a loss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matt MacLaughlin
    13/01/17
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    "Not DFW's Fault"

    I enjoyed this production very much, I loved hearing DFW inflect his own work. It made his words much more real for me. What I didn't enjoy, was the introduction. The vocals were drab and Halloween-esque which I don't think favorably "sets up" the literary delights the rest of the presentation has to offer. In short, skip the intro and get right into the good stuff. Overall a great listen and worthy of your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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