These are worlds undreamt of by any other mind. Only David Foster Wallace could convey a father's desperate loneliness by way of his son's daydreaming through a teacher's homicidal breakdown ("The Soul Is Not a Smithy"). Or could explore the deepest and most hilarious aspects of creativity by delineating the office politics surrounding a magazine profile of an artist who produces miniature sculptures in an anatomically inconceivable way ("The Suffering Channel"). Or capture the ache of love's breakdown in the painfully polite apologies of a man who believes his wife is hallucinating the sound of his snoring ("Oblivion").
Each of these stories is a complete world, as fully imagined as most entire novels, at once preposterously surreal and painfully immediate.
About: A new collection by the author of Infinite Jest includes 'The Soul Is Not a Smithy,' in which a lonely father recounts a daydream that distracts his son from noticing a teacher's homicidal breakdown; 'The Suffering Channel,' in which a sculpture artist's profile is influenced by office politics; and more.
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