Before the last year ended, I completed the book “Consider the Lobster” by DFW.  He was a truly impressive writer in many regards.  His ability to explain his internal thought process in a witty and endearing fashion was above his peers.  This book is actually an amalgamation of essays he had put together over the course of time.

Here’s a brief run down of each:

lobsterBig Red Son – a rolling discussion of the happening at the pornography industry’s main convention.

Certainly the End of Something Or Other One Would Sort of Have to Think – a book review of John Updike’s most recent work.

Some Remarks on Kafka’s Funniness From Which Probably Not Enough Has Been Removed – Self explanatory.

Authority and American Usage – an in depth look at the explanation of how prose is deciphered and given rules, including dictionaries and updates to literature critiquing texts.

The View From Mrs. Thompson’s – The best work of the lot, a review of post 9/11 life in a smaller, rural town and the differences between the enlightened cynics and the thoroughly good Americans.  This really resonated with me and is at the core of how I think about people and their lives.

How Tracy Austin Broke My Heart – A review of the hopelessly trite Tracy Austin autobiography, who I’d never heard of, but was a prodigal tennis start of the 80’s and put something of a clunker for DFW, a big fan.

Up Simba – An objective look at politics and campaigns through the lens of the McCain parade in 2000.  Extremely well done and interesting despite the seemingly lackluster subject matter.

Consider the Lobster – thinking about carnivores and what we should be concerned with in general as sentient beings.

Joseph Frank’s Dostoevsky – I still have no clue what this was about.

Host – An interview with and deep dive into talk radio brass tacks.  Very well done look at the personalities and business that pokes and prods our sensibilities to create drama and divisive interest.

If you like DFW already, this is an easy purchase.  We lost a great one.