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Girl with Curious Hair by David Foster Wallace

Girl with Curious Hair is a collection of short stories by the mythical American writer David Foster Wallace. It was the second book I read by the author and the one that gave me a broader perspective of his work. Some of the story's characters include American TV icons like Jeopardy's David Trebek or late-night show host David Letterman, filling the pages with metafiction, a trademark of Foster Wallace literature.

The diversity of stories included in the book shows the quality of Foster's work. He can easily move from US president Lyndon B. Johnson to a group of junkies at a jazz concert. We can exemplify the weird anxiety of American social dynamics or portray the immense solitude of eating a burger in a Mcdonald's.

The city is LA (mostly). The color is yellow and gray. The feelings are loneliness, lost love, mute anxiety, and the typical American values sold by millions in the consumer market. The quality of the meat is unprecedented.

I think of this book more often than I would like to admit. Coming from a different country Foster Wallace helped me understand the awkwardness and solitude of exacerbated individualism. This feeling haunts me whenever I visit a shopping mall or eat a burger at In-N-Out. After reading this book, my American experience has changed significantly.

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A book can also exist as an autonomous and self-sufficient form, including perhaps a text that emphasizes that form, a text that is an organic part of that form: here begins the new art of making books. (Ulises Carrion)

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