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The Pale King – David Foster Wallace & the Staggering, Multifarious, Cacophonous Predicament

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 9 April 2011

The Pale King, the posthumous novel by David Foster Wallace

image: Patricia Wall/The New York Times

Michiko Kakutani has written a surprisingly limpid, refreshingly direct article entitled “Maximized Revenue, Minimized Existence” in the Books section of The New York Times reviewing the posthumous novel The Pale King by the late American writer David Foster Wallace.  Author of “Infinite Jest”, a massive marvel of contemporary writing, Wallace left, at the time of his death in 2008, 250 completed manuscript pages, handwritten journals, notebooks, notes and diverse annotations which have since been assembled, with excruciating care, one is certain, by Michael Pietsch, executive vice president and publisher at Little Brown, into this “by turns breathtakingly brilliant and stupefying dull — funny, maddening and elegiac” masterpiece, offering a window “into this immensely gifted writer’s vision of the human condition”.

See our previous post on David Foster Wallace’s “notes” and Michael Pietsch’s incredible efforts, here.
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