Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster WallaceAlthough Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace by David Lipsky
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is powerful for any Wallace fan simply because of the length of time we’re allowed to spend with the dead genius, listening directly to his words as transcribed from tapes by then Rolling Stone journalist David Lipsky. Yes, there is a movie now, and they probably Hollywoodified things and thereby screwed them up royally, but the trailer for the movie should, really, whet your biblio-appetite for this book. It is one of those reads that keeps you wanting to come back to it after you have to put it down to go to bed, or feed the dogs, or go to work.

But the part about the pink room with no furniture and a drain in the middle of it may—MAY—just break your heart, if you have a heart. And if it is at all breakable, which yours may not be. Yours may be made of solid cement, in which case, bully for you.

THE END OF THE TOUR (based on this book) stars Jesse Eisenberg and the guy from HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER. No, not him, not the main one. The other one. Yeah, the tall, weird, neurotic lawyer guy. I know. They did, totally, drink way too many beers on that show for them to be functional, non-dead-broke, good-looking humans. But still. It wasn’t altogether horrible, right? And what about that ending?

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Frank Marcopolos founded "The Whirligig" literary magazine in 1999, which has been called "a landmark, demonstrating the power of the literary underground." It has been said that "you get this true lion-roaring sense that Editor Frank Marcopolos knows what he likes, and how to read, and how to publish, and he has guts, and eats insects on Wheaties with bleach." His long-form fiction has been reviewed with such praise as "thorough-goingly entertaining" and "highly readable...recalls the style of Michael Chabon or John Irving. A literary gem that should not be missed." A broadcasting-school graduate, his unique literary-audio work has been featured in movie trailers, scholastic environments, and on YouTube, with one of his audiobooks achieving over 100,000 "views" there.