Primary Reason Why “Consider the Lobster (And Other Essays)” Might Be Worth Your While

Only DFW would begin an essay with the sentence, “Did you know that probing the seamy underbelly of US lexicography reveals ideological strife and controversy and intrigue and nastiness and fervor on a near-Lewinskian scale?”

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  1. “near-Lewinskian scale”? I know I’m writing this away from my copy of the Harper’s that has the original essay (which I loved), but I’d swear it originally read “hanging-chad scale”… am I wrong?

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