Wallace explains that he was a very good tennis player when he was young because he could take advantage of the geometry of the court and the strange irregularities of playing in Illinois.
It is nearly impossible to attack this irony because it can simply insult the attacker.
Wallace thinks that the only way to unseat this irony is for artists to be willing to risk authentic feelings.
In the third essay, Wallace is commissioned to attend the Illinois State Fair and write about the experience.
Wallace argues that people in rural areas like Illinois take vacations to be with other people while people in cities vacation to get away from people.