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This month I went to a reading at my local bookshop. Three ladies came along to read from their recently published anthology of short stories on the theme of closure. 1,512 more words


David Foster Wallace's 'The Pale King' and style

The more I read and write about reading, the less convinced I become that it is possible to talk about a writer’s ‘style’ in a meaningful way. 580 more words

The Pale King - David Foster Wallace


Unfinished thoughts.

I’m gonna try and leave comments on DFW’s personality/persona out of this as much as possible as I could write/talk for hours on that. 1,288 more words

The Pale King - David Foster Wallace (prose #20)

The school smelled of adhesive paste, rubber boots, sour cafeteria food, and a warm biotic odor of many bodies and the fixative of the tile floor as three hundred mammals slowly warmed the rooms throughout the day. 147 more words

The Pale King - David Foster Wallace (prose #19)

Psychodynamically, he was, as a subject, coming to a late and therefore traumatic understanding of himself as also an object, a body among other bodies, something that could see and yet also be seen. 101 more words

'Infinite Jest': David Foster Wallace created a masterpiece herein

David Foster Wallace once said “fiction’s about what it is to be a fucking human being”, some understanding I came closer to whilst reading Infinite Jest. 486 more words


A review of - The Pale King by David Foster Wallace

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