Analysis Of `` Slouching Towards Bethlehem `` By David Foster Wallace

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David Foster Wallace and Joan Didion, two exceptional authors, two voices that speak to us, revealing who they are and what they believe. The books “Slouching towards Bethlehem” and “A supposedly fun thing I’ll never do again” contain these two authors voices, echoes of their personalities.”A supposedly fun thing I’ll never do again” by David Foster Wallace, a collection of essays full of advanced vocabulary, excessive use of footnotes, and satirical commentary. “Slouching towards Bethlehem” by Joan Didion, is a collection of essays much more to the point, and written in a more minimalistic style than ”A supposedly fun thing I’ll never do again”, although it contains just as much, if not more, social commentary. Both Didion’s and Wallace’s writings have been greatly influenced by their background, and the different environments the authors’ grew up in. By comparing the authors’ from a similar staring point , a similar situation, one can get a common foundation to compare the writers from. Have the contrasting environments had distinct effects on these writers personas and writing style? In what ways are the authors’ David Foster Wallace and Joan Didion similar and different?

In the essay “A supposedly fun thing I’ll never do again” David Foster Wallace expresses some of his thoughts about cruise ship vacations, more specifically about the way these trips are advertised. In one passage of the essay Wallace writes:
 “How long has it been since you did Absolutely Nothing? I…

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