In this collection of essays, David Foster Wallace delves into every topic you never knew you wanted to read about--Maine's Lobster Festival and the feelings of said lobsters, what it's like to attend an adult film convention, how brilliant and important Bryan Garner's dictionary "Modern American Usage" is, what went on during John McCain's presidential campaign of 2000, among other obscure topics. Wallace writes in such a passionate way that you can't help feeling excited about Standard Written English and the sentience of invertebrate crustaceans with him. This is definitely a book to read slowly on days when you have absolutely nothing else draining your focus, and not necessarily in order.
A collection of essays by the award-winning author of Infinite Jest shares whimsical and biting observations about such topics as the Bush-Kerry presidential race, the pain experienced by lobsters while they are being prepared for the feast, and Franz Kafka's questionable sense of humor. Reprint.