Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

Our book group choice for June 2017 is Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace. Although Brief Interviews with Hideous Men is a collection of short stories, its unifying threads make it an almost-novel.

A glance at the table of contents reveals that the book’s title is drawn from four listed entries of the same name, which are separated by several other stories, some of which also recur. “Yet Another Example of the Porousness of Certain Borders,” for instance, appears three times with a different roman numeral following it each time. As it so happens, many of the stories apart from the interviews also focus on hideous men.

Discussion Questions Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

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Individual Comments

DKB’s Rating: Without doubt there is genius within this book but there is no pleasure in it. Ugly, brutal and, yes, hideous. I can’t help but think there is better Wallace than this worth seeking out. Give this one a miss.

DKB's Rating ★★☆☆☆ 

Catherine's Rating ★★★★☆ 

EmmaT's Rating ★★☆☆☆ 

Sue's Rating ★★☆☆☆