The Postmodern Moralist

From The New York Times:

Mish‘Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays,’ by David Foster Wallace. Review by PANKAJ MISHRA.

Reading David Foster Wallace’s new collection of magazine articles, you could be forgiven for thinking that the author of such defiantly experimental fictions as “Infinite Jest” (1996) and “Oblivion” (2004) has been an old-fashioned moralist in postmodern disguise all along. The grotesqueries of the 15th annual Adult Video News Awards, which Wallace writes about at considerable length here, present an easy target. And so, to a lesser extent, do the corruptions of English usage in America and the right-wing radio host John Ziegler. But Wallace poses an unsettling challenge to the way many of us live now when, while visiting the Maine Lobster Festival on behalf of Gourmet magazine, he asks if it is “all right to boil a sentient creature alive just for our gustatory pleasure.”

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