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BERKELEY'S NEWS • NOVEMBER 22, 2023

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David Foster Wallace

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For a long time, any enjoyment of trashy vampire novels or silly pop songs had to be cloaked in a thick layer of irony in order to be viewed as acceptable by society.
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For a long time, any enjoyment of trashy vampire novels or silly pop songs had to be cloaked in a thick layer of irony in order to be viewed as acceptable by society.
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I decided to pick up my dad’s battered old copy of “Infinite Jest,” fully intent on finishing it before the school year started. I have the whole summer, I thought, could one book really take me that long to read? 
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I decided to pick up my dad’s battered old copy of “Infinite Jest,” fully intent on finishing it before the school year started. I have the whole summer, I thought, could one book really take me that long to read? 
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When people write about being saved by poetry, it may sound trite, or perhaps like yet another instance of hyperbole for dramatic effect.
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When people write about being saved by poetry, it may sound trite, or perhaps like yet another instance of hyperbole for dramatic effect.
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“Thoroughbreds” manages to entice us through the central pair. Even when they contradict every rule as to why we should be interested in a character.
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“Thoroughbreds” manages to entice us through the central pair. Even when they contradict every rule as to why we should be interested in a character.
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Crack-Up can be described in the same mumbo-jumbo terms aspirational wine connoisseurs like to throw around: dense, oaky, full-throated.
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Crack-Up can be described in the same mumbo-jumbo terms aspirational wine connoisseurs like to throw around: dense, oaky, full-throated.
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