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“I detest commercial films, for the most part.”

— David Foster Wallace, The Pale King


Then We Came To The End by Joshua Ferris 2007

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

The Pale King - David Foster Wallace (prose #3)

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.

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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


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


The David Foster Wallace Reader | The Millions
The argument here is going to be that David Foster Wallace not only wrote about literature, lobsters, cruises, Roger Federer, grammar and John McCain, but he also  60 more words


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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