Friday, March 23, 2012

A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again

Americans are addicted to TV.  We watch on average six hours a day.  Not only does this cut into productivity, but it isolates us and makes us more lonely, even as it presents itself as a bright, happy alternative to facing real people in the real world.  In the essays A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again the late David Foster Wallace attempts to plumb the whys of popular culture.  These densely reasoned examinations not only illuminate TV, but also director David Lynch, ocean cruising, tennis, literary theory, and the Illinois State Fair.  Read by Paul Garcia, they reveal an insightful writer with a facility for language and critical thought.  And while he fought depression, he also had a sense of humor and the absurd. 

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