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All the carny game barkers have headset microphones; some are saying “Testing” and reciting their pitch lines in tentative warm-up ways. A lot of the pitches seem frankly sexual: You got to get it up to get it in. Take it out and lay ‘er down, only a dollar. Make it stand up. Two dollars, five chances. Make it stand up. Rows of stuffed animals hang by their feet in the booths like game put out to cure. It smells like machine grease and hair tonic down here…
David Foster Wallace, Harpers Magazine, 09/94

David Foster Wallace's essay on the Illinois State Fair
photo by Sam Quinn

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Love the photo —- sweet ‘stache!

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