What if you took two of the most beautiful minds known to man, sat them down in a room together, told them to talk about your favorite topic (language & writing), recorded the whole thing, and then turned it into a book. Basically, that is exactly what has happened in Quack This Way. I have had the distinct pleasure of reading several of Garner’s books and seeing him present in person. I have read just about everything David Foster Wallace ever wrote. The very idea of this book made me ecstatic with hope and excitement. I was not disappointed. Continue reading →
In a recent conversation, in response to my statement that “there is something really great about sarcasm. For me, there is no such thing as ‘too sarcastic’ writing,” I was asked “Have you read any George Saunders?” And the funny thing is, that I had (though I did not then know it) (because, you see, though I never forget a face, as I may have mentioned here previously, I rarely remember a name; that’s just the way my mind works; or rather, doesn’t) (more on that in a little bit).
This was, for me, a great collection of interviews conducted with David Foster Wallace over the course of his life/career. I’m sure everyone is sick of hearing me talk about him. But I don’t really care. Because what’s not to love in someone who would say: Continue reading →
Speaking of exceptional essay collections, I found myself in desperate need of a good book recommendation here lately and, as I will often do, I turned to Dunce One. I have never been so satisfactorily recommended (probably having a great deal to do with the fact that he has impeccable taste in literature and knows me better than (just about) anyone else; probably also not hurting that he is remarkably well-read and deals extensively with books, both professionally and recreationally). Continue reading →