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The Power in Clichés: A Look at the Work of David Foster Wallace

In 2004, Gourmet magazine commissioned writer David Foster Wallace to write a review of the Maine Lobster Festival. I’m not quite sure what the editors of Gourmet were expecting, but I doubt they were looking to stuff their glossy with an essay north of 10,000 words with the thrust of the piece being a meditation on whether or not lobsters feel pain while being boiled alive. But that’s just what they got.

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7 Books for a Stimulating Book Club Discussion

The best book club selections foster discussion, whether it’s for their beauty, their complex characters and plots, or their place in our cultural landscape. From books by David Foster Wallace to Bill O’Reilly, spanning topics from Martin Luther King, Jr., to the Salem witch trials, fast-paced thrillers to humorous essays, these books are sure to get your book club talking.

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