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Quack This Way (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Bryan Garner , David Foster Wallace , L.W. Montgomery

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David Foster Wallace was at the center of late-20th-century American literature, Bryan A. Garner at that of legal scholarship and lexicography. It was language that drew them together. The wide-ranging interview reproduced here memorializes 67 minutes of their second and final evening together, in February 2006. It was DFW’s last long interview, and the only one devoted exclusively to language and writing.

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It was an accidental friendship if ever there was one. David Foster Wallace was at the center of late-20thcentury American literature, Bryan A. Garner at that of legal scholarship and lexicography. It was language that drew them together, and it was DFW who reached out to BAG. It was DFW who penned “Authority and American Usage,” the encomium to Garner’s dictionary of American usage. The 95- page essay appeared first in Harper’s in abridged form and in its full-length version in Consider the Lobster. It was an auspicious beginning for their friendship.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 561 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 146 Seiten
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: RosePen Books (24. Oktober 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00G738LDC
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Insightful Wisdom from One of Modern History's Best Writers 27. Oktober 2013
Von Bruce Keener - Veröffentlicht auf
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I am a DF Wallace-alholic, so any book that promulgates David's wisdom is, to me, a must-read. This is a must-read.

Setting that aside, though, I would also consider this a must-read for anyone who wants to be an impactful writer. Dave's insights on what makes for effective writing are based on many years of his writing novels and nonfiction pieces that opened our minds in new ways, made us laugh, made is think, and sometimes scared us stiff. His key insight is one you have probably heard from him before: write for the reader and respect who you are writing for. Even though I had heard these chunks of wisdom from him before, it is still worth the price of the book to have them packed into the transcript of an interview in which the interviewer is none other than Bryan Garner. Bryan asked Great questions. David provided Superb answers.

This is a quick read, so quick that you could, as I did, initially conclude that this has the highest cost per word of any book you've ever purchased. The type is fairly big (not uncomfortably so) and the transcript format is such that the text on a typical page takes up not much more than half the page. When I first thought about this, I thought, Well, Garner *is* a lawyer, after all. But then I decided who cares? I got everything out of the book I could hope for AND Garner is giving all the proceeds from the book to The Harry Ranson Center, which houses the DFW library. So now, after thinking it through, my purchase was an investment, not a cost. (Also, Garner is very big on selecting a typography that is reader-friendly, and it turns out that a relatively large text with relatively narrow content field is the best typography.)

Great book. Many thanks to Bryan Garner for putting it together.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen buy it, read it, love it 20. Mai 2014
Von ConcupusAl - Veröffentlicht auf
Dfw met Gardner when he was working on a story on American usage. Years later they did a short radio piece together discussing the same followed by a video taped interview by Gardner in 2006. This is a short read because the transcript is a conversation of 67 minutes with a short preface where Gardner relates the extent of their relationship. It's an interesting read for me being a fan of dfw and having read his other interviews to gain another facet of the man. dfw is a snoot, eh passionate about grammar and usage and his conversation Gardner shows how deeply he thinks about it and the kind of quiet joy he gets from exploring it. The conversation is varied but they touch briefly but deeply on why written language is convoluted and bogged down, what it really means when we say a piece has flow, why it's important to write clearly, the vicissitudes of new wording, and strategies to write better, among other things. While I am familiar with a lot of these things because I have read the 90 page essay dfw wrote on usage that much is reprised on this take, I still take joy in being able to pick his brain and see what he cares about academically and how he deals with his challenges in writing. It's a small gem, pick it up and enjoy. It's expensive for the length but take comfort all profits goes to maintaining his archives held in the library university.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A provocative exchange on language and The Writing Life 20. Dezember 2013
Von Legal Writing Pro - Veröffentlicht auf
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Extended interviews often feel stilted on the page, but this one is anything but. Garner asks all the right questions, and DFW's personality and passion both shine through. You can sense that DFW was a superb professor and not just a word fiend and one of the great modern American novelists. If you're looking for clues about DFW's depression and eventual suicide, you may be disappointed, but if you enjoy intelligent exchanges about the language wars or novel-writing, you will love this interview.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A quick read I am sure to come back to again 4. November 2013
Von Jacob A. Walker - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is a transcript of an interview between Bryan Garner and David Foster Wallace. The original interview lasted less than 90 minutes, and won't take you as long to read. But I've just completed my first read, and I've highlighted so many nuggets that I am certain I will want to go back and re-read this a few more times. The conversation between Garner and Wallace is riveting - revealing as much about Wallace's thoughts on writing as it does his own peculiar personality.

One of many gems I enjoyed: After commenting about how he used to laugh with his mother about the ridiculousness of the phrase "Save up to 50% and more!" in a local advertisement, Wallace notes that it is "possible that [the phrase] has been shown statistically to increase your ability to memorize the 50%. The point is not that this is okay. I think it's damaging to the language as a beautiful thing, and to interhuman communication, but I've stopped thinking that it's just idiots who weren't paying attention in eighth grade and don't know how to do this stuff."

I am grateful that Garner has provided us with this wonderful interview. Complete with its heartfelt introduction, it is a great addition to Wallace's legacy. One can only hope Garner takes Wallace up on his suggestion to write Garner's Dictionary of Dialectal English Usage: "[A]dvertising English, bureaucratic English, corporate English, hipster English . . . because I will bet that just trying to figure out some of the codes and motives behind them would just be fascinating." If he does, there is no doubt about the book's dedication.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen a great, and mind you, short read on language usage 24. Januar 2014
Von DFWQ - Veröffentlicht auf
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Made me think a fair bit about how I write and speak. Additionally, when dfw was talking about synonyms, I began to worry about my slippery memory, and how I would feel when my vocabulary begins to thin. He is articulate enough in everyday conversation, that it made me wonder why I even bother to write. An existential crisis worth the five stars.
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