Next on the List


Having whipped through This Is Water in about 45 minutes last Sunday afternoon, I am ready to move on to my next selection.  Tonight I begin reading Consider the Lobster.  How did I choose this collection of essays for my next subject?  It was a rather simple procedure that happened like this:

I own three of DFW’s books: Consider the Lobster, A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, and Infinite Jest.  I lent CTL and ASFTINDA to a friend to read.  See, he and I and another friend had formed a writers’ group to help each other improve our craft.  Since I was often referencing DFW in our discussions, and I have tried to model some of my essays after his style, and since neither of the others had really heard of DFW, I lent my friend the books so he could understand what I was talking about. 

I then asked for one of the books back (I said it didn’t matter which one) so I could continue my reading for the “Letters” project without having to go to the library or bookstore. 

I went by his office yesterday morning to pick up the book.  He asked which one I wanted; I said it didn’t matter.  So we left it up to chance.  He put the books behind his back and shuffled them around and I chose whatever book was it his right hand.

It was Consider the Lobster.

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