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David Foster Wallace: Where an Obsession Begins

I tell people to check out David Foster Wallace but always qualify it with “but be careful where you start,” which isn’t very specific, so I’m listing his books in a recommended reverse order. 1,668 more words

Reviews

How SPECTRE Should Have Went

And here it is. My SPECTRE fanedit. I cranked this one out in under two days. You’ll find a few things missing from this one…for example Swann’s kidnapping is cut entirely and she accompanies Bond right from the get-go. 48 more words

Fanedits

Top Ten Books of 2016

In hindsight, my Best Books I Read in 2015 List was a little boring, and at best, predictable. I still stand by every single book on that list, but I’m hoping that this year’s list can tell you a bit more than what you already know. 1,299 more words

Quote #17: David Foster Wallace (2006)

We don’t think of ourselves as citizens in the old sense of being small parts of something larger and infinitely more important to which we have serious responsibilities.

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Criticism

The Stigma of Suicide (A Pale King Metaphor)

We have a lot of compassion for people feeling suicidal but often too little for those who have taken their own lives. With good intentions, we use phrases like “giving up” or “throwing your life away.” The goal is to remind the living that their lives have value, but the result is a pressure on those struggling to persevere as they suffer emotional turmoil. 957 more words

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Civics and selfishness (David Foster Wallace)

Chapter 19 David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King (or, §19, if you prefer the book’s conceit) begins with this paragraph—

‘There’s something very interesting about civics and selfishness, and we get to ride the crest of it.

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Books

David Foster Wallace: Fiction and Form

David Hering discusses how his new book led him to explore the Wallace archive

How did you discover David Foster Wallace’s work?

I actually read his journalism first, before knowing who he was – I read his piece in Premiere on David Lynch back in 1997 when I was in my teens, and remember thinking that it was very good and idiosyncratic, but not remembering his name. 2,226 more words