I recently reviewed David Foster Wallace's posthumous collection of essays Both Flesh and Not for about.com, which will likely be published there in the next week or so. The book had me very conflicted, as it contained examples of everything there is to love about DFW alongside some of the author's most frustrating, disappointing works. While I wouldn't call Both Flesh and Not a failure by any means, it certainly has its share of mis-steps--ones that I attribute to the posthumous nature of the book and the lack of authorial input.
Consider the Lobster is the last collection of essays published during Wallace's lifetime and it excels in many of the ways that Both Flesh and Not does not: Lobster feels purposeful and curated, which are surprisingly important traits for collected writings.
I found this signed copy of Consider the Lobster in Manhattan's Housing Works Bookstore around 2007 or 2008--I believe he came by to do a reading or a signing, and this was surplus stock after the event. I unfortunately didn't get a chance to meet the man, but I was able to pick this up for around $20.00. It's not in the best condition (some shelf wear and rubbing to the jacket) but overall a very good copy with a tight, straight binding.
A first edition, with a full number line (and some bleeding ink coming through the back of the title page):
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My dog's heavy, sleepy breathing