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
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...
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
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 [...]
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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...
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
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 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...
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
The Harry Ransom Center, home to all things David Foster Wallace, has announced that a number of drafts and other materials relating to Wallace’s posthumous novel, The Pale King, are now available to the public for research. Until recently, they had been held by Little, Brown and Co., and only returned to the Center after the novel’s [...]
The Harry Ransom Center announced that literary scholars can now examine a trove of drafts and materials from David Foster Wallace‘s unfinished and final novel, The Pale King. Follow this link to view digital copies of six drafts of one section from this new collection (image embedded above). Show More Summary
One of the country's top publishers has turned to a man from the editorial side to run its business. Michael Pietsch, the editor of Keith Richards' Life, David Foster Wallace's The Pale King and the many novels of James Patterson, has been named CEO of Hachette Book Group. Show More Summary
Darien Shanske (UC-Hastings), The Philosophy of Tax: A Review of David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King: David Foster Wallace's last novel, The Pale King, revolves around the administration of the federal income tax. Wallace’s portrayal of this system, for all its hilarity and incisiveness, might ultimately seem a bit banal...
Like most people, we were incredibly surprised back in April when it was announced that this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Fiction would be awarded to nobody. Not David Foster Wallace for The Pale King. Not Karen Russell for Swamplandia! Not Denis Johnson for Train Dreams. Nobody. At the time we wrote that the three jurors [...]