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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


no ovation

“Gentlemen, welcome to the world of reality — there is no audience. No one to applaud, to admire. No one to see you. Do you understand? 70 more words


"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.

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Books And Essays

'Spectre' CinemaCon Reveals Bond's New Mission

Visitors to this week’s CinemaCon in Las Vegas were treated to advance footage from Spectre, and the clip has revealed tantalizing clues to the plot of the next James Bond film. 365 more words


commercial films

“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. 51 more words