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Print Essays October 15, 1997
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David Foster Wallace
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again
1997

It's a weird thing to hear yourself giggle, laugh, and eventually make strange spluttering choking noises when you're sitting alone reading a book. David Foster Wallace covered the Illinois State Fair for Harper's, and in gratitude they sent him on a Caribbean cruise. Wallace calls it as only he could see it, from prepubescent baton twirlers performing Desert Storm tributes to bleached cruise-ship hostesses grinning with the "hard, vacant stares that you generally associate with people who hang out in public restrooms."


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