Vulture Reading Room Wraps Up on David Foster Wallace


After a week of back and forth on David Lipsky's Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace, the Vulture Reading Room has come to the end. In his wrap-up post, New York book critic Sam Anderson touches on "the irreducibility of literary experience," "the implicit grossness of Lipsky’s otherwise well-meaning project," and "the paradox that, in some ways, DFW was more colloquial in print than he was in person. Which, again, speaks to the complexity of literary personae — our gestures of 'authenticity' are sometimes our most artificial moves." Also: "I could go on forever, but I'll stop there. In conclusion: It’s all tremendously complicated." Try to get to the bottom of it over at the Vulture Reading Room.