According to “I Write Like” (this one time I did it), I write like David Foster Wallace. After reading Consider the Lobster, I may or may not consider that a compliment or an insult. This man was a genius, but he was also crazy. I’ve never been a fan of footnotes. I prefer the parenthetical, when necessary, though as far as Microsoft Word formatting goes, they are pretty fun to mess around with. But this man tells full stories, full asides, full everything in his footnotes. I do not have the brain to follow that. I appreciate it, though. It’s a style thing.
Reading this book was work. Fun work, but work. Some of the topics became more interesting as they went along (John McCain), others less interesting (porn, lobsters), and some got more freakin’ confusing (that one radio guy at the end, with the arrows instead of the footnotes). I think the point I’m trying to make here is that this man is incredibly witty, brilliant, and jumbled, and he’s not for everyone. You will, however, recognize just how eloquent American English can be if it’s used correctly, and like me you’ll probably feel exceptionally clunky in your speech and writing for quite some time. Anyway. That’s all I’m going to say. Wallace used up the rest of the words.