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is this lovely little piece by Maud Newton for the Times magazine, “Another Thing to Sort of Pin on David Foster Wallace.” What’s that, you ask? Crappy Internet writing. Enjoy, and tell us how you think we fare (and Maud, too).

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DFW seems in some ways, at least, to have failed. “Drinion is happy. Ability to pay attention. It turns out that bliss–a second-by-second joy + gratitude at the gift of being alive, conscious–lies on the other side of crushing, crushing boredom.” He had to put this into a work of fiction. There’s nowhere else to […]

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I have changed as a reader since last week. I used to dog-ear, but I have since mended my ways, and will now no longer so speed up the aging and degradation of my books. Thus, when writing my response, having finished the book, I do not, this week, have any folded-over pages to refer to for […]

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One of the lovely but also a little unnerving recurring moments in The Broom of the System, DFW’s first novel, is when Lenore Stonecipher Beadsman and Rick Vigorous will be in bed, and she’ll ask him, a literary editor and secret short story writer, who is insanely jealous, and also obsessed by “context,” for a […]

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From a soul still ankle deep in last week’s reading: how is it the character who’s most barely there (448) is the one you’d thus far most want to take after? Why am I so sure his Bartlebying of poor Meredith Rand is going, any instant now, to go from pleasing to hurting?

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His lamps were on it

Reading the review jqmarks posted below led me to this one. It’s an extended interview with Karen Green, DFW’s widow; the only one she has given since he died (apart from a mistake she made with the NYT). I think I once would’ve felt a great deal of hesitation about introducing her here, but I feel pretty […]

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