Account Options Sign in. Top charts. New arrivals. David Foster Wallace Nov Switch to the audiobook. In this exuberantly praised book -- a collection of seven pieces on subjects ranging from television to tennis, from the Illinois State Fair to the films of David Lynch, from postmodern literary theory to the supposed fun of traveling aboard a Caribbean luxury cruiseliner -- David Foster Wallace brings to nonfiction the same curiosity, hilarity, and exhilarating verbal facility that has delighted readers of his fiction, including the bestselling Infinite Jest.
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments - Pages 290-318 Summary & Analysis
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments - Pages Summary & Analysis
Wallace devotes the last and longest section of the essay to his attempt to experience as many scheduled activities on the ship on Thursday, one of the two days when the ship never pulls into port. Wallace organizes his activities by using the Nadir Daily, which is the ship's tiny newspaper that is left in every passenger's room each night. Wallace begins the day at Early Seating Breakfast where he sits alone because all of the other passengers assigned to his table stayed up late the night before. Wallace lovingly describes his table's head waiter, Tibor, a Hungarian who dreams of returning to Budapest to start a sidewalk cafe.
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments - Pages 319-353 Summary & Analysis
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Wallace concedes that the brochure for the cruise does not exaggerate the ship's luxurious service and accommodations. Wallace illustrates his point by describing an incident that occurred between him and a porter shortly after boarding the ship. Wallace attempts to bring his own bag to his cabin, but the porter tries to stop him. When Wallace is observed carrying his own bag, the porter's superior is alerted and the porter is disciplined.