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The Lost Award

In 2012, three finalists were announced for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction: Karen Russell’s Swamplandia!, Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams and David Foster Wallace’s posthumous novel  1,218 more words

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A ghost story

While reading David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King I could not stop thinking that he is already dead.  The first of the reasons for this and the most evident too is that this posthumous novel is incomplete.   992 more words

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A conversation starter from David Foster Wallace

Last Sunday I was speaking on Genesis 44, the moment in the Joseph story where Judah confesses the guilt he’s kept secret for 22 years and offers himself as a sacrifice to save his brother Benjamin. 452 more words


David Foster Wallace and Chicago: My look back

When I lived in Kentucky [1] in 2003, Facebook was not yet a thing. The analog-Windows-bookstore world that peaked in 2004 [2] was still ascending, enough so that my discovery of Wallace started with a SPIN article about The Strokes, the heavily hyped NYC band. 1,882 more words

The Pale King

I have no problem quitting books I’m not interested in (see If on a winter’s night a traveler) and I’ve pushed myself to finish books I really didn’t want to (see  350 more words


André Holland Reads from David Foster Wallace's The Pale King

André Holland (of The Knick, which I dug) reads from David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King. (Via Matt Bucher).


“How odd I can have all this inside me and to you it’s just words.”

― David Foster Wallace, The Pale King