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a great deal trickier

“Telling the truth is, of course, a great deal trickier than most regular people understand.”

— David Foster Wallace, The Pale King


Phantoms and Ghosts in DFW's Novel The Pale King (Ghost Riff 2)

The narrator of David Foster Wallace’s posthumous novel The Pale King assures us at one point that “phantoms are not the same as real ghosts.” 1,438 more words


Two ghosts (David Foster Wallace)

The truth is that there are two actual, non-hallucinatory ghosts haunting Post 047’s wiggle room. No one knows whether there are any in the Immersive Pods; those Pods are worlds unto themselves.

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Advice — even wise advice

“Advice — even wise advice — actually does nothing for the advisee, changes nothing inside, and can actually cause confusion when the advisee is made to feel the wide gap between the comparative simplicity of the advice and the totally muddled complication of his own situation and path.” 6 more words


This is the way of people

“The next suitable person you’re in light conversation with, you stop suddenly in the middle of the conversation and look at the person closely and say, “What’s wrong?” You say it in a concerned way. 96 more words


The Four Month Itch

It has been a while since I have written in here, but it was a much-needed break, probably more for you than I. But alas, the brain and writing muscles have had their rest (kind of) and now it is time to continue spewing words (clearly with a dramatic flair). 319 more words


David Foster Wallace in Nature

I once watched an interview in which Jonathan Franzen speculated about a solemn difference between the late David Foster Wallace and everybody else, including Franzen. It’s a story many who occasion this sort of marginalia will be familiar with. 941 more words