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A Self-Help Reader for David Foster Wallace

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 13 April 2011

David Foster Wallace in 2006.

David Foster Wallace at work in 2006

image: Suzy Allman/The New York Times

Jennifer Schuessler has written an interesting little article entitled “David Foster Wallace, Self-Help Reader” in the Arts section of The New York Times, looking at David Foster Wallace and offering up a number of fascinating, and perhaps even useful, links to various “support” materials for those interested in/struggling with/obsessed with Wallace’s oeuvre.

Especially wonderful are the David Foster Wallace archives at the Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas at Austin, below.

A David Foster Wallace workbook at the University of Texas at Austin

image: Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin

Ah, the infinite jest of it all…

Also, take a look at our previous posts on David Foster Wallace, here (Piecing Together a Posthumous Novel) and here (The Staggering, Multifarious, Cacaphonous Predicament).

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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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David Foster Wallace – Piecing Together a Posthumous Novel, The Pale King

Posted by the editors on Friday, 8 April 2011

David Foster Wallace’s notes for The Pale King

image: Emily Berl/The New York Times

Charles McGrath has written a wonderful and fascinating article entitled “Piecing Together a Posthumous Novel From David Foster Wallace” in the Books section of The New York Times looking at the new, posthumous novel “The Pale King” by David Foster Wallace, author of Infinite Jest (2006), and the colossal task of Michael Pietsch, executive vice president and publisher at Little Brown, who took two years to assemble Wallace’s partial manuscript, handwritten journals, notebooks, notes and annotations into what, with only a bit of reasonable hesitation, may be called Wallace’s masterpiece.
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