Until his death in 2008, David Foster Wallace was one of the most prodigiously talented and original young writers in America, and "Girl with Curious Hair" displays the full range of his gifts. From the eerily real, almost holographic evocations of historical figures like Lyndon Johnson, over-televised game show hosts, and late-night comedians, to the title story, where terminal punk nihilism meets Young Republicanism, Wallace renders the incredible comprehensible, the bizarre normal, the absurd hilarious, and the familiar strange."
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David Foster Wallace (1962-2008) is the author of Infinite Jest, Girl with Curious Hair, Everything and More, The Broom of the System, and other fiction and nonfiction. Among his honors, he received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, and a Whiting Writers' Award.
Joshua Swanson is a five-time AudioFile Earphones Award winner, including for This Book Is Not Good for You by Pseudonymous Bosch and Testimony by Anita Shreve. He has narrated over one hundred books since 2007 and was named a Best Voice of 2010 for his work in the young adult genre by AudioFile magazine.
Robert Petkoff has won multiple "AudioFile "Earphones awards for his acclaimed narrations. He was named Best Voice of Fiction & Classics for his reading of "The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore" by Benjamin Hale. His other narration credits include "Oath of Office" by Michael Palmer, "Gangster Squad "by Paul Lieberman, and books by David Foster Wallace.Petkoff has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in theaters across America and Europe. He has worked in television and film. His theater credits include Lord Evelyn Oakleigh in the Broadway production of "Anything Goes", Perchik as part of the Tony-nomianted cast of "Fiddler on the Roof", and Hubert Humphrey in the Tony award-winning play "All the Way." He has also had numerous roles in television on shows such as "Law and Order" and "Married with Children."
Wallace caused a critical stir with his first novel, The Broom of the System , and this volume of stories is likely to attract equal attention. His publisher talks about post -postmodernism, whatever that means, but there is a highly unusual eye and ear at work here, and an impressive armory of writerly skills. All too often, however, the stories seem like dazzling exercises, show-off pieces designed to provoke applause rather than expressions of a consistent vision. Two stories about the morbidly incestuous world of TV, "Little Expressionless Animals" and "My Appearance," catch perfectly the obsessiveness and fatuity of quiz- and talk-show people, and "Lyndon" is a tour de force in which the late president looms very large indeed. The title story is an experiment in the outre, about a grotesque Los Angeles yuppie and his punk friends, that seems designed to shock rather than illuminate. In "Say Never" Wallace enters an Isaac Bashevis Singer world, though naturally he gives it an odd twist. And the longest and most ambitious story, "Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way," deliberately flaunts writing-school experimentalism in its overwritten, satirical account of a Midwestern reunion of actors in McDonald's ads. Wallace has talent to burn, and is an endlessly inventive storyteller, but one wishes he wasn't also such an exhibitionist.
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