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At this meeting of the Poetry Center's Closer Look Book Club, we turn our attention to the nonfiction of David Foster Wallace. While working on the novel that would become The Pale King, David Foster Wallace wrote Don DeLillo, “I do not know why the comparative ease and pleasure of writing nonfiction always confirms my intuition that fiction is really What I’m Supposed to Do, but it does, and now I’m back here flogging away (in all senses of the word) and feeding my own wastebasket.” Like Wallace himself, many of his readers and critics have privileged his novels as his most important work---and yet his essays are intensely intelligent, completely delightful, and entirely him.
At this book club discussion, we’ll discuss two essays from the collection, A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again: the title piece, “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again,” and “Getting Away From Already Being Pretty Much Away from It All." The discussion will be led by Cybele Knowles, Poetry Center staff member and David Foster Wallace fan.