Feels very unfinished. Plays with some interesting ideas – exploring the nature of boredom, super powers, psychical shenanigans. But nothing is built properly, nothing resolved. And not as a stylistic choice – despite the editor’s/collator’s insistence to the contrary. 1,890 more words
Tags » The Pale King
This was boredom beyond any boredom he’d ever felt. This made the routing desk at UPS look like a day at Six Flags.
Tackling a David Foster Wallace novel is like sitting in the middle of Times Square observing the the minutia of all the activity while simultaneously watching an episode of Seinfeld and feeling like a part of a Don Delillo novel.1,103 more words
The quasi-existential title’s enough to put you off, so by the time the end came I wasn’t disappointed it was so disappointing. This isn’t a book, despite its office content and cast of thousands, whose writer has had the courage to stare into the abyss until the abyss gives back. 443 more words
I think the truth is probably that enormous, sudden, dramatic, unexpected, life-changing experiences are not translatable or explainable to anyone else, and this is because they really are unique and particular – though not unique in the way the Christian girl believed. 51 more words