--

--

コメント

スポンサーサイト

上記の広告は1ヶ月以上更新のないブログに表示されています。
新しい記事を書く事で広告が消せます。
管理者にだけ表示を許可する

02

21

コメント

QW 022112 “DFW”

The very first David Foster Wallace piece that I read was “Consider the Lobster”. My friend let me know about his favorite author and his superbly written essay as we had productive discussions on certain grammatical features. After having reread of the online-version of “Consider the Lobster” several times, the impulse to obtain the piece physically drove me into buying a copy of its paperback through Amazon. In fact, that was a good decision to be made. I had opportunities to read other wonderful essays, among which I love “Big Red Son” most. My writing ability is microscopically teeny-tiny to describe how good this essay is, so I won’t say anything here.

While reading his essays, I was delving into the legendary speech that he made at the commencement ceremony at Kenyon College in 2005, “This Is Water.”I wish I could’ve read the speech much earlier, but anything that happens to your life is always “Better late than never.”, right? I tried memorizing the whole 20-minute speech, and I did for the first one thirds. My i-Pod has the recordings of “This is Water.” in his own rendition. I constantly reorganize the lineup of the audio that I take with me in my i-Pod, but “This is Water” always survives.
(Part 1)
(Part 2)

I got to know about Audible. com, "audio book version” Amazon last Autumn through someone I used follow on Twitter. The first audio book that I purchased there was, of course, “Consider the Lobster”. To my happy surprise, all the essays in the audio book, such as “The View from Mrs. Thompson’s”, “Big Red Son”, and “How Tracy Austin Broke My heart” were recorded by David Foster Wallace himself. I kept listening, listening, and listening all the way back from the college I was teaching. I’m now writing this piece while listening to “Consider the Lobster”, which vividly reminds me of one cold rainy day and a bus ride on which I was miserably exhausted after teaching three classes straight.

One thing that I regrettably submit here is that my last summer vacation project to read “Infinite Jest” was launched but suspended. It has 981 pages plus 388 numbered endnotes. The bookmark was nailed on page 63, and left unturned ever since. I don’t quite remember how and why I stopped reading the book there. It’s not hard to imagine that I was overwhelmed by the density of the text that David Foster Wallace produces and the number of pages that awaits for me to read, like many other readers once, twice or multiple times did. But I won’t let my hope just vanish. In due time, my project will resume and be successfully completed. That’s for sure.

(60 minutes / 457 words)

Post your QW product to "Quick Write Forum"!

david-foster-wallace2-460x307.jpg

スポンサーサイト
管理者にだけ表示を許可する

プロフィール

Aya

Author:Aya
English learner

検索フォーム

Designed by

Ad

上記広告は1ヶ月以上更新のないブログに表示されています。新しい記事を書くことで広告を消せます。