Consider the Lobster (2005) is a collection of essays by novelist David Foster Wallace. The collection was published on 13 December 2005. Do lobsters feel pain? Did Franz Kafka have a funny bone? What is John Updike's deal, anyway? And what happens when adult video starlets meet their fans in person? David Foster Wallace answers these questions and more in essays that are also enthralling narrative adventures. Whether covering the three-ring circus of a vicious presidential race, plunging into the wars between dictionary writers, or confronting the World's Largest Lobster Cooker at the annual Maine Lobster Festival, Wallace projects a quality of thought that is uniquely his and a voice as powerful and distinct as any in American letters.
The entire list of essays is as follows:
- "Big Red Son"
- "Certainly the End of Something or Other, One Would Sort of Have to Think"
- "Some Remarks on Kafka's Funniness from Which Probably Not Enough Has Been Removed"
- "Authority and American Usage"
- "The View from Mrs. Thompson's"
- "How Tracy Austin Broke My Heart"
- "Up, Simba!"
- "Consider the Lobster (essay)"
- "Joseph Frank's Dostoevsky"
Some Questions to Consider While Reading
- What is Wallace commenting or criticizing about the standards of morals in society?
- What kind of character is Wallace playing as the narrator of these texts? Is he objective or does he take a position?
- To whom is Wallace speaking to and what is he asking of the reader?