Girl with Curious Hair
Remarkable, hilarious, and unsettling re-imaginations of reality by "a dynamic writer of extraordinary talent" (New York Times Book Review).
David Foster Wallace was one of America's most prodigiously talented and original young writers, and Girl with Curious Hair displays the full range of his gifts. From the eerily "real," almost holographic evocations of historical figures such as Lyndon Johnson and overtelevised game-show hosts and late-night comedians to the title story, in which terminal punk nihilism meets Young Republicanism, Wallace renders the incredible comprehensible, the bizarre normal, the absurd hilarious, the familiar strange.
Although many of the stories here seem little more than deliberately dazzling exercises, standouts include tales of fatuous quiz- and talk-show people and a satirical account of a Midwestern reunion of actors in McDonald's ads. According to PW , ``Wallace has talent to burn and is an endlessly inventive storyteller, but one wishes he wasn't also such an exhibitionist.''