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David Foster Wallace

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There is something inescapably bovine about an American tourist in motion as part of a group. A certain greedy placidity about them. Us, rather. In port we automatically become Peregrinator americanusy Die Lumpenamerikaner. The Ugly Ones.
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A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again

 
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