Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

David Foster Wallace, Author, David Foster Wallace, Read by, Author, Read by Hachette Audio $17.98 (0p) ISBN 978-1-57042-776-3
Wallace, the young turk author whose ubernovel, Infinite Jest, was way too bulky for audio adaptation, throws himself gamely into the medium now, reading from his short fiction collection. In this audio debut, Wallace delivers his spry, satiric exercises in a sure-voiced, confident baritone. With the skill of a veteran narrator, he adeptly retains footing as he navigates his complex and wordy prose. His literary grab-bag trademarks include off-kilter descriptive passages, ponderous lists and footnotes, and a large portion of the tape is devoted to a one-sided interview with a psychotic sexual stalker. These odd tropes come across with humor, even tenderness, in Wallace's sensitive reading. He conveys the earnestness of a young, hardworking writer, eager to make his eccentric vision accessible through its spoken presentation. It's this sense of Wallace's strong desire to be appealing that will keep the listener with him throughout his sometimes difficult material. Simultaneous release with the Little, Brown hardcover. (May)
Reviewed on: 05/31/1999
Release date: 06/01/1999
Hardcover - 288 pages - 978-0-316-92541-9
Compact Disc - 4 pages - 978-1-60024-737-8
Open Ebook - 1 pages - 978-0-316-08689-9
Paperback - 336 pages - 978-0-316-92519-8
Prebound-Other - 321 pages - 978-1-4177-0787-4
Open Ebook - 212 pages - 978-0-316-16469-6
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