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David Foster Wallace's Tennis Racket
Racquet

Origin

David Foster Wallace

Type

Tennis Racket

Effects

Neurological hyperactivity causing the user to tell extremely long stories with many twists, turns, and side notes.

Downsides

Effects

Activation

Touch

Collected by

Warehouse 13

Section

Clio-362A

Aisle

862192-6280

Shelf

378920-7584-481

Date of Collection

Jan.07.2009

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OriginEdit

David Foster Wallace (February 21, 1962 – September 12, 2008) was an American author of novels, short stories and essays, as well as a professor of English and creative writing. Wallace is widely known for his 1996 novel Infinite Jest, which was cited by Time magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005.

Wallace struggled with depression, alcoholism, drug addiction, and suicidal tendencies, with recurrent psychiatric hospitalizations. In 1989 he spent four weeks at McLean Hospital—a psychiatric institute in Belmont, Massachusetts, affiliated with the Harvard Medical School—where he successfully completed a drug and alcohol detox program. He later said his time there changed his life.

Wallace's fiction combines narrative modes and authorial voices that incorporate jargon and invented vocabulary, such as self-generated abbreviations and acronyms, long, multi-clause sentences, and an extensive use of explanatory endnotes and footnotes, as in Infinite Jest and the story "Octet" (collected in Brief Interviews with Hideous Men) and most of his non-fiction after 1996.

EffectEdit

The tennis racket was used by Wallace while writing Infinite Jest during his brakes from writing. When held, the user's brain will begin to go into overdrive. They will tell extremely long stories without even thinking. The stories have been seen to have many twists, turns, and the user will often stray from the original story to talk about something earlier in the story.

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