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Consider the Lobster and Other Essays by David Foster Wallace
David Foster Wallace has collected various articles he's written, expanded on them, and collected them in Consider the Lobster and Other Essays. He can start with any subject, such as the Maine Lobster Festival, and begin to explore not just if lobsters feel pain when they're dropped into boiling water but a host of tangents including the history of eating lobster, meat comsumption, PETA, and the food industry. His tangents have tangents and his footnotes have footnotes. His other essays explore ideas around the adult film industry, John Updike, Kafka, John McCain's presidential bid, conservative talk radio, and other topics. It's vintage David Foster Wallace with his thought-provoking and hilarious wanderings of the mind. Consider the Lobster and Other Essays has received mostly positive reviews with the Cleveland Plain Dealer saying, "Brilliantly entertaining, Consider the Lobster proves once more why David Foster Wallace should be regarded as this generation's best comic writer."