Consider the Wallace

Seven things that must be said about David Foster Wallace and his new book of essays

6. David Foster Wallace is still the best writer of his generation, but I'm wondering when he's going to write, with his usual intimate insight and exhaustiveness, about love.

7. InConsider the Lobster, Wallace worries that boiling live lobsters might cause them pain. He worries that lobster-eating itself might be immoral in some sense and considers various cooking methods of reducing their pain so that we might reduce our guilt and still eat them. My girl tells me that all you need to do is freeze the lobsters first, which puts them to sleep, before boiling them; that way, they won't feel any pain at all. Which should take care of that moral dilemma. The other dilemmas Wallace notes in this book: not so easy to fix.

CONSIDER THE LOBSTER AND OTHER ESSAYS BY DAVID FOSTER WALLACE; LITTLE, BROWN. HARDCOVER, 343 PAGES, $25.95.

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