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Your phone is not your drinking buddy

An iPhone will function after being splashed with half a shot of Four Roses Small Batch bourbon, but not after swimming in a pool of Three Floyds Alpha King pale ale. How do I know this? Because I was a compulsive phone-on-bar person. Drink, coaster, phone: It was my holy trinity. Show More Summary

Peter King: NSA Should Be Spying on Congress in Case They're Talking to Al Qaeda

Rep. Peter King believes it's perfectly acceptable for the NSA to be spying on members of Congress, because they might be paling around with those al Qaeda terrorists. As we discussed here, we've got Sen. Rand Paul and his fundraising ploy class-action suit against the NSA, and Sen. Click here to view this media read more

Meaningful Work in The Pale King: In Memory of David Foster Wallace, Five Years On

Two opposing theories of aesthetic value conspire to render browsing the literature shelves of a bookstore a rather heavy and heady experience. One comes from the conceit of classical history, the idea that most of the narrative literature worthy of being read that will appear in my lifetime has already been written. Show More Summary

Mini-Interview with Ben Galley (interviewed by Mihir Wanchoo)

Official Author WebsiteRead Fantasy Book Critic's review of The Written Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of Pale Kings Ben Galley is an author who popped on to my radar thanks to Mark Lawrence, with his debut series now complete with the release of the dual volumes of Dead Stars. Show More Summary

Friday Link Dump: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos III Gets a Venue, Rousey/Tate TUF Rivalry Is ‘Pure F–king Mayhem’, The Worst NFL Coaches Ever + More

("Did you get the shot? Good, now take this disgusting pale creature away from me." / Check out 24 more “Awkward Dad Photos" at WorldWideInterweb) Dana White Says TUF 18's Rousey-Tate Rivalry Is 'Pure F--king Mayhem Every Day' (MMAFighting) Champ Cain Velasquez vs. Show More Summary

Who Will Stick Up For the IRS?

Perhaps this is just because I read David Foster Wallace's posthumous novel The Pale King recently, but I actually feel kind of sorry for the IRS. Frankly, their job seems almost impossible. Think about it: they have to process over a hundred million claims a year, several million of which are highly complex. Show More Summary

'Accountants are cowboys of information': David Foster Wallace learns about taxes

These literary/accounting gems come from the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas (with a h/t to Quartz for the find).  To research his IRS novel "The Pale King," David Foster Wallace (who killed himself before the book was published) studied accounting. As Jenny Schuessler of the...

"ACCOUNTANTS ARE COWBOYS OF INFORMATION"

In preparation for his unfinished novel The Pale King, David Foster Wallace immersed himself in the world of accounting and the IRS. (Read my sort-of-review of The Pale King here.) Quartz just published two pages of DFW's notes from one of those accounting classes. Show More Summary

The Other Side Of Boredom

In a rumination on the life and work of David Foster Wallace, David J. Michael spots this passage from The Pale King: 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. Pay close attention to the most tedious thing you [...]

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“Suddenly the fingers of a man’s hand emerged and began writing opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace, and the king saw the back of the hand that did the writing. Then the king’s face grew pale and his thoughts alarmed him, and his hip joints went slack and his knees began [...]Show More Summary

Woe Is I: David Foster Wallace and the Pale King

The life of a writer, musician, artist or celebrity who commits suicide at the height of fame will often assume the stature of legend. All work available before the suicide is suddenly, and then nearly exclusively, viewed through the lens of that final act. Show More Summary

Three Mini-reviews: Pale Kings, Between Two Fires and Soulrazor (reviewed by Mihir Wanchoo)

Official Author Website Order the book HERE Read Fantasy Book Critic’s review of The Written OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Pale Kings continues the story that began in The Written and is the second part on the Emaneska series. The book begins events in a Malazan like fashion by focusing on events nearly two and half millennia ago. Show More Summary

Pre-Anderson

Who else read the biographies of historical figures as a kid and felt bad about not having learned Greek and Latin by age ten? Would you like to feel worse? Related posts: Pale King Pre-Orders David Foster Wallace’s final novel, TheShow More Summary

A Conversation With Julian Assange

We've called him a "seed-spilling sex creep," a "pale nerd king," and "a real-life The Matrix extra," so we figured it was about time to talk to Wikileaks founder and megalomaniacal Bond villain Julian Assange. In order to promote his...Show More Summary

DFW in NYRB

There’s an essay on David Foster Wallace in the current NYRB that’s a fairly competent re-hash of the main talking points surrounding Wallace, Infinite Jest, and The Pale King. As far as these things go, it’s decent, and there are even...Show More Summary

The Beauty In Boredom

Tom Jacobs quotes from DFW's The Pale King: Enduring tedium over real time in a confined space is what real courage is… The truth is that the heroism of your childhood entertainments was not true valour. It was theatre. The...

“The Human Heart is a Chump”: Cataloging The Pale King

I am the cataloger of David Foster Wallace's final work, The Pale King, and I'm here to tell you that in cases like these, the rules will only get you so far. Related posts: Pale King Pre-Orders David Foster Wallace’s final novel, The...Show More Summary

DFW, ctd.

On Friday, the Ransom Center at the University of Texas-Austin opened up its holdings of The Pale King, DFW’s last novel (which our own Garth Risk Hallberg reviewed for New York Magazine). At Page-Turner, D.T. Max picks through the new...Show More Summary

David Foster Wallace’s ‘Pale King’ materials now open for research in Austin

David Foster Wallace’s manuscripts and character outlines for his posthumous novel “The Pale King” are among the many materials now open for research at the Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin. The materials, which...

D.F.W.’s “Pale King” Archive, Now Open

This week the Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin opened its “Pale King” holdings to researchers. This is material that Little, Brown donated to the David Foster Wallace archive this past spring and that the center has been cataloguing since. Show More Summary

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