This is not my favorite book of his but I'm giving it five stars anyway because I just want to give him five stars as a person. All the literary reviews I've read on DFW seem to focus on his cleverness and ingenuity, which are so totally beside the point. I love David Foster Wallace because I've never read anyone else who seemed to feel so much like me. And I don't think it's that he and I are so similar; it's that he expresses so well what it /really/ feels like to be a person. So many authors (and people?) these days are so afraid or ashamed of being sentimental that they mask everything with cynicism and irony, which is why so many films and books these days (I'm thinking Tarantino and recent Coen Brothers and Dave Eggers and all his following) have such cool, edgy style, but ultimately feel so empty . David Foster Wallace was /so/ smart, but he was so warm, too.
Other reasons I love him: 1. his compassion reminds me that I love pretty much most people, too (sometimes I forget). 2. he is so passionately committed to evaluating and reevaluating everything including himself and the world and his place in it. 3. his grammar is impeccable without being at all boring or standard. 4. sometimes, when he's being really nerdy, he sounds like my mom.
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