Getting Away from Already Being Pretty Much Away From It All

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This is a satirical nonfiction essay by David Foster Wallace about his time at the 1993 Illinois State Fair.


The piece was commissioned by Harper's and appeared under the title "Ticket to the Fair." A longer version appeared in the nonfiction collection A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again.

Notable Events

  • Press Day
  • Junior Baton Twirling Finals
  • Livestock Shows
  • The Zipper