Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself

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Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself
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1st edition
Author David Lipsky
Country United States
Language English
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Broadway Books
Publication date
April 13, 2010
Media type Print
Pages 352
ISBN 0-307-59243-X

Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace is a 2010 book by David Lipsky about a five day road-trip with the author David Foster Wallace.

Lipsky, a novelist and contributing editor at Rolling Stone magazine, recounts his time spent with the Infinite Jest author at the moment when Wallace realized his work would bring him fame, and that this would change his life. The book was a New York Times bestseller.


Lipsky, who received a National Magazine Award for writing about Wallace in 2009, here provides the transcript of, and commentary about, his time accompanying Wallace across the country just as Wallace was completing an extensive "book tour" promoting his novel Infinite Jest. The format captures almost every moment the two spent together – on planes and cars, across the country — during the specific time period when Wallace was becoming famous; the writers discuss literature, popular music and film, depression, the appeals and pitfalls of fame, dog ownership, and many other topics.[1]


Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself was positively reviewed by critics. In Time Magazine, Lev Grossman wrote, "The transcript of their brilliant conversations reads like a two-man Tom Stoppard play or a four-handed duet scored for typewriter."[2] The Atlantic Monthly called the work, "far-reaching, insightful, very funny, profound, surprising, and awfully human";[3] at National Public Radio, Michael Schaub described the book as "a startlingly sad yet deeply funny postscript to the career of one of the most interesting American writers of all time," calling it "crushingly poignant."[4] Newsweek noted, "For readers unfamiliar with the sometimes intimidating Wallace oeuvre, Lipsky has provided a conversational entry point into the writer's thought process. It's odd to think that a book about Wallace could serve both the newbies and the hard-cores, but here it is."[5] Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, described the book as "rollicking" and "compellingly real,"[6] the Wall Street Journal as "lovely,"[7] and Laura Miller in Salon called it "exhilarating."[8] The reviewer for The Awl wrote, “I can't tell you how much fun this book is… It's a road picture, a love story, a contest: two talented, brilliant young men with literary ambitions, and their struggle to understand one another."[9] The book was a New York Times best-seller and an NPR Best Book of the Year.[10]



  1. ^ Michael Schaub, "A Not-So-Brief Interview With David Foster Wallace," NPR, May 4, 2010.
  2. ^ Grossman, Lev, "Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself," Time, April 16, 2010.
  3. ^ Kaiser, Menachem, "The Challenge of Writing About David Foster Wallace," The Atlantic, April 22, 2010.
  4. ^ Schaub, Michael (May 7, 2010). "A Not-So-Brief Interview With David Foster Wallace". NPR. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  5. ^ Wallis, Seth Colter, "My Dinners With David," Newsweek, April 22, 2010.
  6. ^ Publishers Weekly, "Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself," April 4, 2010.
  7. ^ Sam Sacks, "Irony and Its Discontent," The Wall Street Journal, August 29, 2012.
  8. ^ Miller, Laura (April 4, 2010). "Road Trip With David Foster Wallace". Salon. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  9. ^ Bustillos, Maria, "Booked Up: 'Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: a Road Trip with David Foster Wallace," The Awl, March 22, 2010.
  10. ^ NPR Best Books of 2010

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