Consider The Author
Because a few people have asked…fans of David Foster Wallace should read Troy Patterson's write-up for Slate. Troy is a fellow vet of our college paper, and his take is on point as usual.
Well, as far as I can tell. I really don't know Wallace's work well enough to say (although the Updike-puncturing lines Troy cites lead me to believe that I should get to know it, pronto). I have read his essays on usage and enjoyed them greatly; his prose had a way of expecting you to keep up, without getting show-offy. It's really hard to care about the language at that length without letting a superior tone creep in, as I know all too well, so I admired that. But I really couldn't get through A Supposedly Fun Thing…, and I tried several times.
Feel free to discuss and recommend in the comments.
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