For the first time ever available as an audiobook, Girl with Curious Hair is being produced as part of Hachette Audio's ambitious David Foster Wallace audiobook publishing program, joining Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, Consider the Lobster, and This is Water. (Broom of the System will be released in June 2010.)
Remarkable, hilarious and unsettling re-imaginations of reality by "a dynamic writer of extraordinary talent " (Jennifer Levin, New York Times Book Review).
David Foster Wallace was one of the most prodigiously talented and original young writers in America today, and Girl with Curious Hair displays the full range of his gifts. From the eerily "real," almost holographic evocations of historical figures like Lyndon Johnson and overtelevised game-show hosts and late-night comedians to the title story, where terminal punk nihilism meets Young Republicanism, Wallace renders the incredible comprehensible, the bizarre normal, the absurd hilarious, the familiar strange.
Great reading, but horrible presentation
I enjoyed hearing the stories read (I am taking a class on DFW and appreciated being able to save time listening to the book during my commute), but I was AGHAST to find out that the stories were presented in one long file, without separate links to each individual story. So if I wanted to skip one story and move to the next one, I had to scroll through HOURS of other stories! It was tedious and annoying and difficult, especially when I didn't know where one ended and another began. I was completely annoyed. And occasionally my phone would lose my place (i.e. if I turned it off between listening) and I would have to do it all over again. Completely awful in that regard. PLEASE divide the stories into more easily accessible files!
Otherwise, it was great.
Mine downloaded fine - I think the iPhone/touch interface can be a little confusing for audiobooks at times, but if you click through a few screens, you should see all the many smaller tracks within the two big files.
Anyway, David Foster Wallace's storytelling is unparalleled, and I love the variety in these intense, bizarre stories. I'm really enjoying the production of the audiobook, which I read in paper a while back. I feel that DFW's mastery of language is on perfect display when read aloud.