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Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself
A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace
Written by David Lipsky

Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself
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Category: Biography & Autobiography - Literary; Travel - United States
Imprint: Broadway Books
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: April 2010
Price: $16.99
Can. Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-59243-9 (0-307-59243-X)
Pages: 352
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.



 
"If you can think of times in your life that you’ve treated people with extraordinary decency and love, and pure uninterested concern, just because they were valuable as human beings. The ability to do that with ourselves. To treat ourselves the way we would treat a really good, precious friend. Or a tiny child of ours that we absolutely loved more than life itself. And I think it’s probably possible to achieve that. I think part of the job we’re here for is to learn how to do it. I know that sounds a little pious."
-- David Foster Wallace
This indelible portrait of David Foster Wallace, by turns funny and inspiring, is based on a five-day trip with award-winning writer David Lipsky during Wallace’s Infinite Jest tour. A biography in five days, Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself is David Foster Wallace as few experienced this great American writer. Told in his own words, here is Wallace’s own story, and his astonishing, humane, alert way of looking at the world; here are stories of being a young writer—of being young generally—trying to knit together your ideas of who you should be and who other people expect you to be, and of being young in March of 1996. And of what it was like to be with and—as he tells it—what it was like to become David Foster Wallace.
"Highly recommended. A glimpse into the mind of one of the great literary masters of the end of the 20th century...What shines through even more is his deep passion for writing and ideas and his kind, gentle nature...Many fans of Wallace's writing come to think of him as a friend—by the time they have finished Lipsky's moving book, they will undoubtedly feel that even more strongly." — Library Journal



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
DAVID LIPSKY is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Magazine Writing, the New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, and many other publications. He contributes as an essayist to NPR's All Things Considered and is the recipient of a Lambert Fellowship, a Media Award from GLAAD, and a National Magazine Award. He's the author of the novel The Art Fair; a collection of stories, Three Thousand Dollars; and the bestselling nonfiction book Absolutely American, which was a Time magazine Best Book of the Year.





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