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Girl with Curious Hair is replete with David Foster Wallace's extraordinary and unsettling reimaginations of fact. From the eerily "real," nearly holographic evocations of historic figures like Lyndon Johnson and overtelevised game-show hosts and late-night comedians to the name tale, the place terminal punk nihilism meets younger Republicanism, Wallace renders the brilliant understandable, the unusual basic, the absurd hilarious, the customary unusual.
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