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Another Thing to Sort of Pin on David Foster Wallace – SNOOTitude & Tense Present

Posted by the editors on Monday, 22 August 2011

Maud Dixon has written an interesting and rather lively article entitled “Another Thing to Sort of Pin on David Foster Wallace” in the Magazine section of The New York Times riffing, as it were, on, among other things DFW, his “so good and so sneaky,” “subtle rhetorical strategy.”  Dixon’s article itself is really kind of about the whole thing.  And very enjoyable to read.

You might like our other posts on David Foster Wallace:  The Last Audit – Review of David Foster Wallace’s “The Pale King”, A Self-Help Reader for David Foster Wallace, The Pale King – David Foster Wallace & the Staggering, Multifarious, Cacophonous Predicament, and David Foster Wallace – Piecing Together a Posthumous Novel, The Pale King.

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The Bandini Quartet – John Fante

Posted by the editors on Friday, 1 July 2011

Ask the Dust, by John Fante

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The Bandini Quartet (novels) (1938-1985) by John Fante  The Bandini Quartet is a collection of four novels by John Fante: Wait Until Spring, Bandini (1938), The Road to Los Angeles (1985), Ask the Dust (1939) and Dreams From Bunker Hill (1982), written in a style which may be described as “dirty realism”, and featuring the life and tribulations of first generation Italian-American Arturo Bandini, from young adolescent to disillusioned novelist, short story writer and Hollywood screenwriter.  Boisterous, touching, sharp.  As The New York Times has written, “Either the work of John Fante is unknown to you or it is unforgettable.  He is not the kind of writer to leave room in between.” (Each novel is also available separately)(PR)

David Foster Wallace readers may note that in his 1987 novel The Broom of the System Lavache ‘Stoney’ Beadsman has a wooden leg with a hidden drawer in which he keeps marijuana cigarettes and other illegal substances. Ch. 4 of Ask the Dust refers to a character named Benny Cohen who, “had a wooden leg with a little door in it. Inside the door were marijuana cigarets. He sold them for fifteen cents apiece.”

See our previous posts on David Foster Wallace: The Last Audit – Review of David Foster Wallace’s “The Pale King” by Tom McCarthy, A Self-Help Reader for David Foster Wallace, The Pale King – David Foster Wallace & the Staggering, Multifarious, Cacophonous Predicament, David Foster Wallace – Piecing Together a Posthumous Novel, The Pale King

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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…

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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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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

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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

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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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