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Shipping Out: On the (nearly lethal) comforts of a luxury cruise (PDF)

Before he won a MacArthur Fellowship, before he won the Aga Kha Prize for Fiction, before he was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize, and before he became a literary legend and the reluctant voice of a generation, David Foster Wallace was just a novelist scraping by and writing occasional essays for Harper's Magazine. This essay, published only a month before his groundbreaking novel, Infinite Jest...