dazzling, never-before-collected nonfiction writings by “one of America’s most
daring and talented writers” (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
David Foster Wallace was beloved for his inimitable voice
and wit—and, for many of his readers, admired as much for his astonishingly
perceptive and inventive essays as he was for his fiction. Both Flesh
and Not gathers fifteen of Wallace’s seminal essays, all published in
book form for the first time.
Never has Wallace’s seemingly endless curiosity been more
evident than in this compilation of work spanning nearly twenty years of
writing. Here, Wallace turns his critical eye with equal enthusiasm toward
Roger Federer and Jorge Luis Borges; Terminator 2 and The
Best of the Prose Poem; the nature of being a fiction writer and the
quandary of defining the essay; the best underappreciated novels and the
English language’s most irksome misused words; and much more.
In addition to these essays, Both Flesh and Not includes
a selection from Wallace’s personal vocabulary list, an assembly of unusual
words and definitions that serve as a reminder of Wallace’s ferocious love of
A sweeping, exhilarating collection of some of the author’s most
emotionally immediate work, Both Flesh and Not reminds us why
A. O. Scott, writing in the New York Times, called David Foster
Wallace “the best mind of his generation.”
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