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The Last Audit – Review of David Foster Wallace’s “The Pale King” by Tom McCarthy

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 21 April 2011

The Pale King, by David Foster Wallace, “a coherent, if incomplete, portrayal of our age unfolding on an epic scale”, or…

image: Illustration by Peter Mendelsund/The New York Times

Tom McCarthy, the British author (and, conceptual artist!) (his novels include the fascinating Remainder (2007), and the somewhat challenging C (2010)) has written a very interesting, and perhaps Wallace-ian, review of The Pale King by David Foster Wallace, in the Sunday Book Review section of The New York Times.  One could have the impression that McCarthy has read Zadie Smith’s essay Two Directions for the Novel, in her collection of essays entitled Changing My Mind (2009)(marvelous, astute essays definitely worth slogging through reading), in which she discusses, among other things, the authors Franz Kafka, Alain Robbe-Grillet, David Foster Wallace and, yes, Tom McCarthy; he, too, seems to admire the complications of the contemporary world.  Or is it that he, too, appreciates clarity?

In any case, McCarthy’s excellent review of Wallace’s The Pale King is really quite, hmmm, enjoyable.

Read our previous posts on David Foster Wallace and The Pale King, David Foster Wallace – Piecing Together a Posthumous Novel, The Pale King; The Pale King – David Foster Wallace & the Staggering, Multifarious, Cacophonous Predicament; A Self-Help Reader for David Foster Wallace

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E-Books & Libraries – Real Shelf-life for a Virtual Book

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Downloading an e-book from the New York Public Library website to a Nook Color

image: Raymond McCrea Jones/The New York Times

Julie Bosman has written an interesting and informative article entitled “As Library E-Books Live Long, Publisher Sets Expiration Date” in the Media & Advertising section of The New York Times looking at the strained relations between public libraries and e-book publishers in general, and the new “26 borrowers” limit imposed HarperCollins Publishers.

Did all of you know that you can’t download public library e-books to your Kindle?  (Is this “just” a question of file format or ….?)  What do you think about the “26 borrowers” limit?

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Self-Published Masterpieces, and Other Memoirs

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 1 May 2010

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Virginia Heffernan has written an amusing and informative article entitled “Authors Unbound Online” in the Magazine section of The New York Times looking at the rapidly evolving world of self-publishing.  From novels, to memoirs, to how-to, you, too, can now, legitimately, and proudly, become a “published author”.  Nobel Prize for Literature, anyone?
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Betraying J.D. Salinger – How a Publisher Failed to Get Salinger’s Last Book ‘Hapworth 16, 1924’ into Print

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 7 April 2010

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Salinger, photographed (very much against his will) in 1988

Roger Lathbury has written a fascinating, amusing, and autobiographical, article entitled “Betraying Salinger – I scored the publishing coup of the decade: his final book. And then I blew it.” in the Books section of New York Magazine.  Warmly and simply written, it’s a wonderful, odd story.  Salinger shines, as does Lathbury.

 
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Fake Philip Roth & John Grisham Interviews!

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 3 April 2010

The New Yorker

Judith Thurman has written an article entitled “Counterfeit Roth” in the Talk of the Town section of The New Yorker (online) which looks at the anti-Obama fake Philip Roth and John Grisham interviews written by freelance journalist, Tommaso Debenedetti, that were published in Italy in Libero, a tabloid notably sympathetic to Silvio Berlusconi, the publishing mogul and distinctly right of center italian Prime Minister.  Interesting reading with amusing comments by Roth, himself.

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