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Brief Interviews with Hideous MenIn his startling and singular new short story collection David Foster Wallace nudges at the boundaries of fiction with inimitable wit and seductive intelligence Venturing inside minds and landscapes that are at once recognisable and utterly strange these stories reaffirm Wallace's reputation as one of his generation's pre eminent talents expanding our ides and pleasures fiction can affordAmong the stories are To call these meanderings and sub meanderings of a brilliant mind short stories will be akin to putting a leash on DFW's creativity with the aid of conventional terminologies and thereby undervaluing the sheer inventiveness on display in this compelling collection In course of my limited venturings into DFW's literary landscapes I have arrived at one crucial inference That to read DFW is to transgress the very act of simply reading through and discover a newer way to commune with his chain of thoughts to work your grey matter just a tad bit harder to truly grasp what he has intended for you to understand And that's an exercise I am all too happy to engage in especially if it sharpens my senses and compels me to achieve a state of oneness with the narrative without sparing a second thought to any of my other parallel readsReading him is like being given the uniue opportunity to listen in on one of the greatest minds that ever existed speaking from some imaginary podium and letting that same mind direct my own to follow pathways that it didn't even know existed It's like making yourself a part of the virtual reality he has recreated through his words and believing in the truth of it without trying to compartmentalize his writingHideous men and occasionally women and the alarmingly convoluted inner workings of their still hideous minds string this collection together Some of the 'short stories' are mere snapshots of eponymous interviews of seemingly disturbed individuals ranging from hippie youths who have devised Machiavellian plans to seduce and subseuently ditch women with psychopathic precision to adolescents with elaborate masturbation fantasies creepy enough to make you involuntarily shudder while some are little snippets which merely detail the secret inner lives of certain individuals which always remain carefully concealed behind an ingeniously orchestrated charade Add some metafictional commentary inserted sporadically as footnotes of considerable length in several of which the author even challenges the potential reader to weird pop uizzes and you have a hazy idea of what this collection has to offer But even so I probably haven't even grazed the tip of the iceberg of DFW's gift for redefining narrative structures Given that I am accustomed to or less linear narratives consisting of immaculately crafted sentences which put emphasis on superficiality of actions and emotions it is a bit of a surprise to find myself being drawn to a writer who sought to expose the raw core of every pretension Sometimes while reading I was even tempted to flip a coin to decide whether he was being ironic or simply acknowledging some disturbing reality in a matter of fact tone He ruled from that crib ruled from the first Ruled her reduced and remade her Even as an infant the power he wielded I learned the bottomless greed of him Of my son Of arrogance past imagining The regal greed and thoughtless disorder and mindless cruelty the literal thoughtlessness of him The man's perspicacity is so palpable in everything he writes and his sincere attempts at perfect reconstruction of thought processes and the true motivations at work behind every human gesture so obvious that I can't help but be charmed The 5 stars are probably a dead giveaway of my veritable moony eyedness Belying expectations the footnotes did not annoy The infinite digressions merely served to intensify my fascination with the way DFW's mind workedBut can it be said that DFW left behind a body of work which can be given the label of 'proper literature' The answer to the uestion depends on the way you choose to constrict your definition of 'proper literature' or whether you choose to constrict it at all The man was a genius and his suicide only translates into a profound loss for all the good which remains in the world of publishing And I doff my hat in honor of the creative freedom he refused to sacrifice while writing

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'The Depressed Person' a dazzling and blackly humorous portrayal of a woman's mental state; 'Adult World' which reveals a woman's agonised consideration of her confusing sexual relationship with her husband; and 'Brief Interviews with Hideous Men' a dark hilarious series of portraits of men whose fear of women renders them grotesue Wallace's stories present a world where the bizarre and the banal are interwo A Brief Word on the Famous Interview #20I'm here to air my total ambivalence after having read the final interview second to last story in the collection and not knowing what at all to make of the story Yes it is very well written and DFW had certainly mastered the interview style by this point in the book The way that the Hideous Men speak in each of the interviews is uite natural and sounds true from the stories that I've heard many guys tell wrt women sexual encounters etc And it is also the point of these stories given that they're Hideous Men to give voice to misogynistic men and men who struggle severely with relationships with other women but the last story just did not go down well with me given what the story seems to imply Without spoiling the story there's a woman character that the interviewee tells the story about in which she tells the man a story But the way she deals with what happens to her seems to make okay a very serious and problematic occurrence in society Now I know; I imagine that DFW had much different intentions when he wrote the story but the implication it makes seems inevitable to me and kind of problematic to be honest All that aside the story hit me in this very visceral way; it is fucking powerful I've always been of the opinion that moral outrage in a story is a good thing as it incites dialogue among its readers So I guess I'm trying to say very long windedly that I'm giving the story the highest compliment I could give it It treads some dangerous ground while wresting a great deal of emotionality from the situation and develops three different complex characters through a single man's monologue That's some writing skill that isIt was a good thing that the story left such an impression because there are some stinkers towards the end of the book I am the first to admit that DFW is not perfect and there are a couple obvious examples of that throughout this collection But overall I'm so happy to have sifted through of the DFW ouvre It's worth it if you ever do get the chanceA Brief Conversation with a Friendly Barista‘Next Next’‘Yeah sorry Can you just do a water with ice’‘Sure man no probs So nothing else then’‘Well yeah I think that um C—— are you getting anything’‘’‘So yeah then just one of those teas No yeah the purple one’‘This’‘Yeah great then’‘Okay two fifteen then’‘Great Lemme get my um’‘No rush my friend’‘Yeah thanks’‘Hey whatchya reading there’‘Oh It’s this guy David Foster Wallace He’s a—’‘Oh yeah I’ve heard of him I’ve heard his college thing I think’‘Yeah yeah The Kenyon Commencement Speech’‘Sure’‘Well yeah anyway this here is a collection of short stories’‘Whatdya call it’‘Ha um It’s called Brief Interviews with Hideous Men’‘Right on Killer title’‘Yeah definitely It’s a good one’‘Well here’s your tea man’‘Oh great It’s for her but cool man thanks’‘Hey hold up’‘’‘So like what goes on in it’‘The book’‘Sure What else’‘Okay yeah Um well it’s like a series of short stories and everything but also there are these interview things throughout it and they’re supposed to be all from the perspective of guys and they all have some problem in relationships and everything Some’ve ‘em are pretty misogynistic too But yeah it’s got a couple of my favorite stories in it’‘Right on man Lemme take a look’‘Oh yeah of course Here’‘Right on Great cover’‘Yeah I like how the face is covered up by the bag It’s kind of like how well I should say that in the interviews all the names are gone and the dialogue is written so that there’s no person tags or whatever to them But so anyway you don’t get any of the people’s names or the uestions in the interview either It’s just the words’‘Right on man’‘Yeah it’s pretty great I mean I can see how it could be a very just guy type of book given that all the perspectives are all men and they’re all like you know pretty masculine and occasionally degrading to women and I could get how that might not make for the most sympathetic characters if you know what I mean and not to generalize too much about women or anything’‘Sure man but I’m not sure if you have to sympathize with the character to appreciate a good book’‘Ah Definitely You got me on that one’‘For sure dude Lolita and everything’‘Ah great book One of my first loves’‘No pun intended eh’‘Ha Sure man if you say so’‘No yeah speaking of here’s a Nabokov comparison on the back Check it’‘Right you are there It’s great I mean backcover blurbs are always pretty over the top and ridiculous But sometimes they’re cool I mean I’m not sure Nabokov is who DFW resembles most but I guess I see what the person is saying’‘Sure man I feel you But it’s like their only way to get the word out I mean a lot of them depend on that kind of stuff’‘Oh the authors Oh sure No I mean and especially for unknown writers it’s way important definitely But I think that’s a bit different than still calling out the bullshit of what it is I don’t know’‘Yeah Hey so what are the good stories’‘Oh man I mean there’s this one called the depressed person in it Goddamn’‘Oh yeah’‘Yeah I mean maybe it’s a bit of a downer but if you’re the type of person who has ever been through any kind of depression or anything I mean every line will just make you clutch your heart’‘Oh yeah Ha I suppose by you saying that it is an admission of having been through depression then’‘Oh yeah I guess it is I mean it’s still a good story on its own merits’‘For sure man No no offense or nothing I’ve been through it all too So no worries’‘Sure’‘Huh looks like there’s some good sized footnotes in here’‘Oh ‘course’‘Yeah’‘Definitely That’s the DFW trademark I mean I don’t think there could be anyone who could ever use footnotes in fiction again without being pinned directly to Mr Wallace’‘Is that right’‘It’s his trademark’‘For sure Well that’s cool’‘Certs And somewhat frustrating too’‘Whatdya mean’
‘Well Few reasons First as a reader I mean there’s a couple of those damn things that just drag on and on and they pull you out in mid sentence and it’s kind of irritating especially for someone like me who reads real slow and has a hard time with following the complex stuff So it’ll take you that much time to just understand what all is happening Don’t get me wrong it’s worth it because he has so much to say that’s brilliant but still’‘No yeah bro I got you’‘’‘You said a few reasons’‘Oh yeah And the other is as a writer’‘How’s that’‘Oh well Next time you sit down to write Well I’m not sure if you do write If you don’t you definitely should It’s great’‘Ha if you insist bro’‘No Okay anyway You think to yourself hey I’ll just try out a footnote to see what it’s like and them bam you want to use it every time you sit down to write It captures like that part of your mind that sidetracks or argues against itself and gets away from the original point’‘How’s that’‘Well it’s so easy when you write to let your mind wander or just lock into a groove of a style and just go with it but there has to be an outlet for the alternate voice in your head vying for attention’‘Huh okay man I mean I don’t write so I guess I’ll just take your word there’‘No sure I get it It kind of sounds like a bunch of abstract nonsense but trust me man If you ever dive into it you’ll see what I mean’‘And how does the life as a writer treat you’‘Oh goodness I mean I wouldn’t dare fashion myself with the label of a writer I mean I do try to write but it’s not like I’m an actual writer in any real capacity’‘For sure dude you’ve got it Be writing Don’t be a writer’‘Hey William Faulkner’‘You got it’‘Right on dudeWell you know your shit’‘Not really My girlfriend is way into this shit So I get an earful whenever we’re out or whatever’‘Ah damn What a great girlfriend’‘Yeah man She’s alright’‘Well then maybe she can sympathize with the footnote addiction Because like I said you start and then it’s so difficult to stop and all the while I feel guilty because I’m ripping from someone else’‘All great artists steal’‘Right again But I mean you’ve got to conceal who you steal from and you have to steal from a wide variety of people I mean if an entire work of writing is copping just one author people’ll notice’‘’‘Seriously man Writing is a huge anxiety ridden mess’‘Why do it then’‘Well my life is a huge anxiety ridden mess so might as well try to become famous with it and regarded as brilliant or whatever’‘Ha Good one bro Good one’‘Yeah man Well shit looks like my date is pissed that I’m spending the whole time chatting up literature I better go’‘Ah don’t worry about it bro It makes you look cool like you are good in conversation and she’s just lucky to have such a socially stable person deigning to date her’‘Really’‘Ah probably not bro But it doesn’t hurt to think that right’‘Ha Right you are my friend Hey I’m S—— by the way’‘Good to meet you S—— I’m J——’‘J—— Good talk’‘You too bro I’ve gotta get to some other customers’‘Sure man You do that’‘Who was that’‘Dunno Someone I just met’‘Oh really What did you talk about’‘My book’‘Oh so that’s why you brought it with you on our date to start up conversations with other people’‘Oh I guess I never thought about it’‘’‘Sorry’‘Whatever Let’s go somewhere else This place is weird’

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Book Ü Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Æ 273 pages Download ↠ David foster wallace â In his startling and singular new short story collection David Foster Wallace nudges at the boundaries of fiction with inimitable wit and seductive intelligence Venturing inside minds aVen and where hideous men appear in many different guises Thought provoking and playful this collection confirms David Foster Wallace as one of the most imaginative young writers around Wallace delights in leftfield observation mining the ironic the surprising and the illuminating from every situation His new collection will delight his growing number of fans and provide a perfect introduction for new readers Update while reading October 24 2016I'm enad with his writing so much at the moment that I'm sharing a whole segment here This is one of the 'Brief Interviews with Hideous Men' which has made a huge impression on me so far pp20 22 BI #11 06 96VIENNA VA'All right I am okay yes but hang on a second okay I need you to try and understand this Okay Look I know I'm moody I know I'm kind of withdrawn sometimes I know I'm hard to be in this with okay All right But this every time I get moody or withdrawn you thinking I'm leaving or getting ready to ditch you I can't take it This thing of you being afraid all the time It wears me out It makes me feel like I have to like hide whatever mood I might be in because right away you're going to think it's about you and that I'm getting ready to ditch you and leave You don't trust me You don't It's not like I'm saying given our history I deserved a whole lot of trust right off the bat But you still don't at all There's like zero security no matter what I do Okay I said I'd promise I wouldn't leave and you said you believed me that I was in this with you for the long haul this time but you didn't Okay Just admit it all right You don't trust me I'm on eggshells all the time Do you see I can't keep going around reassuring you all the time''No I'm not saying this is reassuring What this is is just trying to get you to see okay look things ebb and flow okay Sometimes people are just into it than other times This is just how it is But you can't stand ebb It feels like no ebb's allowed And I know that's partly my fault okay I know the other times didn't exactly make you feel secure But I can't change that okay But this is now And now I feel like anytime I'd just rather not talk or get a little moody or withdrawn you think I'm plotting to ditch you And that breaks my heart Okay It just breaks my heart Maybe if I loved you a little less or cared about you less I could take it But I can't So yes that's what the bags are I'm leaving''And I was this is just how I was afraid you'd take it I knew it that you'd think this means you were right to be afraid all the time and never feel secure or trust me I knew it'd be See you're leaving after all when you promised you wouldn't I knew it but I'm trying to explain anyway okay And I know you probably won't understand this either but wait just try to listen and maybe absorb this okay Ready Me leaving is not the confirmation of all your fears about me It is not It's because of them Okay Can you see that It's your fear I can't take It's your distrust and fear I've been trying to fight And I can't any I'm out of gas on it If I loved you even a little less maybe I could take it But this is killing me this constant feeling that I'm always scaring you and never making you feel secure Can you see that'It is ironic from your point of view I can see that Okay And I can see you totally hate me now And I've spent a long time getting myself to where I'm ready to face your totally hating me for this and this look of like total confirmation of all your fears and suspicions on your face if you could see it okay I swear if you could see your face right now anybody'd understand why I'm leaving''I'm sorry I don't mean to put it all on you I'm sorry It's not you okay I mean it has to be something about me if you can't trust me after all these weeks or stand even just a little normal ebb and flow without always thinking I'm getting ready to leave I don't know what but there must be Okay and I know our history's not great but I swear to you I meant everything I said and I've tried a hundred plus percent I swear to God I did I'm so sorry I'd give anything in the world not to hurt you I love you I always will love you I hope you believe that but I'm giving up trying to get you to Just please believe I tried And don't think this is about something wrong with you Don't do that to yourself It's us us is why I'm leaving okay Can you see that That it's not what you've always been so afraid of Okay Can you see that Can you maybe see you just might have been wrong even possibly Could you give me that much do you think Because this isn't exactly fun for me either okay Leaving like this seeing your face like this as my last mental picture of you Can you see I might be pretty torn up about it too Can you That you're not alone in this'Nov 17 2016 watched the film adaptation a couple of nights ago Not bad but definitely read the book first; the film wasn't so memorableOctober 9 2018 I recently read about adult attachment theory and came to the realisation that several of the 'interviews' may have really hit home for me because DFW and I share some similar flaws in the sphere of relationships and personality belonging to the group of avoidants fearful avoidant rather than dismissive avoidant though maybe a mix of both Well it seemed to me that it would be impossible to write what he wrote without having experienced such scenarios himself; but it could be that he's just that good at writing of course