By David Foster Wallace
Initially released in 1996, first electronic 2014
Remarkable, hilarious and unsettling re-imaginations of truth by way of "a dynamic author of remarkable expertise " (Jennifer Levin, long island occasions publication Review).
Girl with Curious Hair is replete with David Foster Wallace's impressive and unsettling reimaginations of fact. From the eerily "real," virtually holographic evocations of ancient figures like Lyndon Johnson and over televised game-show hosts and late-night comedians to the name tale, the place terminal punk nihilism meets younger Republicanism, Wallace renders the marvelous understandable, the weird common, the absurd hilarious, the well-known unusual.
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He sized them up and determined what their contents could possibly bear: a hand-carved bed frame made in Dubai; a pair of woman’s shoes, preferably Italian and a size 6 with adjustable leather straps for an ankle that may have grown an inch or two larger; two arms, half a torso, and one right leg of a thirty-five-year-old man who stood five-foot-ten and had been reduced to one hundred thirty-four pounds by a combination of hunger and illness. He had learned by practice and observation how to measure the strength and interior scale of any one box simply by looking 40 D I N AW M E N G E S T U at it.
Of course I’m listening,” I told her. “That’s what I’ve been doing. ” I learned after that to never try to placate her with what she knew to be simple, generic words of comfort. A s angry as Angela may have been that night, she was calm and rational once again a day later. There were other concerns on which she could focus her energy. I had lost my job, and after the following week, when my last paycheck arrived, I would no longer be able to help with the rent or the massive debt that Angela had assumed putting herself through college and law school.
While she claimed to have forgiven me for lying to her, the damage remained. Her trust in me, and our relationship, was far from repaired, and I knew that a part of her was constantly on the lookout for any sign of deception. During the weeks I spent at home before I eventually began teaching at the academy, I felt obliged to send her messages several times a day to assure her that I was either at home or diligently searching for a new job. I told her frequently that I loved her, and couldn’t have been happier than where I was right now with her.