What is, in your opinion, the best thing about this book?

What is, in your opinion, the best thing about this book?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    the cover

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    If you carry it around in public with a certain appearance you give off serious MFA energy

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The wide range of events and locales it covers. The intricate lore with stuff like entire invented filmographies. Hals ense of disassociation in the modern education system is relatable. The tall thicc troony.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    that the author killed himself

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Don Gately in the hospital. The whole "no single moment is in and of itself unendurable" idea really stuck with me.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >The whole "no single moment is in and of itself unendurable" idea
      Can you elaborate this without spoilers?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        nta but that more or less sums it up. Focus on the present instead of the future; the present is over quickly and you can not really wait out the future especially when the future just seems like an endless continuation of the present. In the book it is general advice given to recovering addicts; in the thick of withdrawal all the can see in the future is withdrawal—more suffering that could easily be alleviated by taking the addictive substance—so if they focus on the moment, getting through the present second it will quickly be over since it is only one second, repeat. Focusing on the future in such a situation is to see all the seconds you will have to endure or a room filled with nothing but all the lightly breaded chicken fillets you will consume in your lifetime, it quickly becomes too much to deal with.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          So what literary style achieves this? Is he always talking about a longing for the past or future which never pans out. Does he fill his paragraphs with descriptions about what is currently the case instead of what could have been or was?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            he did a really bad thing

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            He does both of those and more, but this is not a literary style, not even a literary device. The room filled with lightly breaded chicken fillets is an example, character thinks about the weight of existence in such tangible terms and it crushes him.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            How is a room filled with fillets crushing? It might be fulfilling for a hungry man or even artistic for an uninspired artist. Though I see how it would work if there was more context and if he repeats this, then that automatically becomes his style?

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Brando, Jim, Jesus, B-R-A-N-D-O.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Its girth

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I've never read an author funnier than DFW

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The dog incident with Orin.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      call it a nubbin
      also, eric clipperton's story

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The fact that it ends. ZING!

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    He shot for the stars. Wanted to join the canon like his idols and went for it. Whether he made it is a different matter and irrelevant really to the fact he tried.

    Looking at some more contemporary authors like Cohen, Levin, Lerner who are supposed to be the "it" writers right now and you can just tell years from now they're just not going to be at all noteworthy.

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Its laugh out loud funny even to a depressed loser like me who never laughs

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    His ability to connect a laugh evoking wit with such a sincere matter of dealing with the world.

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    A very good depiction of addiction

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