Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

Paperback, 336 pages

English language

Published April 1, 2000 by Back Bay Books.

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David Foster Wallace made an art of taking readers into places no other writer even gets near. In his exuberantly acclaimed collection, BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN, he combined hilarity and an escalating disquiet in stories that astonish, entertain, and expand our ideas of the pleasures that fiction can afford.

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This collection starts off fairly strong, but it was quite a slog for the last 100 pages or so. It contains some excellent shorter pieces. When left with a narrator, a few trivialities, and nothing else, however, DFW seems to delight in taking the long way home. While the ability to render a fully-formed character from a monologue is impressive, the amount of pieces here that indulge in the circuitous dialectic method DFW seems to prefer became wholly overwhelming to me. I'll give Oblivian a try, at the urging of a friend, but I have to say that I'm concerned about my capacity for engagement with DFW's short stories.

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