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Who has thedelicacy to tease out Flaubert's faintest nuance, or the patience and the willto follow David Foster Wallace down his intricate recursive spirals of thought?

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I happen to know , andam intrigued by her incredibly complex mind, seeking always tounderstand. In her recent book, I especially love the morepersonal accounts of her father, brother, a Jamaicanuncle, and although I found it a bit challenging, evenreflections on David Foster Wallace. The interjected ironyand versatility of the writing opens up the reader's mindto an examination of personal thoughts and experiences, daring avisit or revisit of past readings.Essays run thegamut of themes: race, Christmas, humanity, war, writing,movies, comedy and family. The piece on by Zora Neale Thurston, which her mother gaveher, recalls my mother doing the same, and now me trying to get myown daughters, like Zadie, biracial and in their case,tri-cultural, to read that very same book. "Why, because she'sblack?" and the mother's response, "No-because it's really goodwriting."
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American author David Foster Wallace, who died in 2008, has become one of the latest Youtube viral success stories. His May 2005 commencement address delivered to the graduating class at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, was published as a book in 2009 under the title, “This Is Water”. Portions of audio recording of his speech have been edited together and visualised in a short film of the same name, viewed by over five million times since its launch on May 6.

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