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Unpublished Wallace Story Donated to the Ransom Center

Except... it's an earlier version of, "Yet Another Example of the Porousness of Certain Borders (XXIV)" [Thanks @mattbucher and @DHSayer and others who read the piece closely first!].

Via the Cultural Compass blog from the Harry Ransom Center, Unpublished David Foster Wallace story donated to the Ransom Center:

The Ransom Center’s extensive David Foster Wallace collection was recently enriched by a donation of the original manuscript of a little-known, unpublished story, titled “Shorn.” Wallace wrote the two-page story, about a boy having his hair cut by his mother, while a graduate student at the University of Arizona. The manuscript was donated by Karen Green, who was married to Wallace and now heads the David Foster Wallace Literary Trust.


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Last Updated on Saturday, 17 May 2014 16:57

Untitled David Foster Wallace Book 3

This may well be a false start like the Uncollected Fiction Update back in 2013 [previously]... but this can now be found over at the Hachette Book Group website here:

Untitled David Foster Wallace Book 3

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Price: $27.99 US
Pages: 432
Physical Dimensions: 6" x 9-1/4"
ISBN-13: 9780316188982
On Sale Date: 12/01/2014

The page count of 432 matches the page count of the Uncollected Fiction Update last year... so who knows?

[Thanks, Dan]


People Lie About Reading Infinite Jest?

Imagine trying to maintain a lie about reading Infinite Jest!

Most authors made their career choice early — the average age was 16, with only one respondent deciding to be a writer after 50. And there were many books assigned in school that caught their imagination, including "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Catch-22." In terms of the canon, 81% of respondents claimed they'd read "Pride and Prejudice" and 73% "Moby-Dick" — but only 29% had taken on David Foster Wallace's "Infinite Jest." (However, 40% admitted that they'd lied about reading "Infinite Jest." Even authors experience peer pressure.)

Read more Via And the L.A. Times Festival of Books writers' survey says ... from the Los Angeles Times


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Wallace Publications 2014 - May Update

Here's what the rest of 2014 has in store for Wallace related publications:

May 20 - David Foster Wallace: In His Own Words . Audio CD.

June 19 - Gesturing Toward Reality: David Foster Wallace and Philosophy - Edited by Robert K. Bolger and Scott Korb.

June 24 - On Tennis: Five Essays. Electronic book and Audiobook.

July 17 - David Foster Wallace and "The Long Thing": New Essays on the Novels -  Edited by Marshall Boswell.

November 11 - The David Foster Wallace Reader. (Amazon) Hardcover book, Electronic book, Audiobook.


Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 11:58

Editing Consider The Lobster

Via New Books In Food:

Ruth Reichl joins Allen Salkin for a conversation partly about her new novel Delicious! (Random House, 2014), but also about New York City hot dogs, her writing process and the arguments she had with David Foster Wallace when editing his piece “Consider the Lobster” for Gourmet magazine.

Listen to (or download) the interview here.


[Thanks, Allen!]

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 11:31

Fighting the TED Talks-ization of Commencement Speeches

Via Salon from Luke Epplin, Congratulations, by the way: David Foster Wallace, George Saunders and fighting the TED Talks-ization of commencement speeches - Commencement addresses are TED Talks, all humblebraggy and eager to go viral. DFW and Saunders make them real again:


It’s not a coincidence that the addresses given by David Foster Wallace and George Saunders were selected for publication. Both literary authors have amassed unusually large and dedicated readerships. It’s hard to imagine that any writer of short stories other than Saunders would be asked to appear on such coveted programs as “The Late Show With David Letterman” and “The Colbert Report.” Wallace’s reputation as a tormented genius who grappled with the cacophony of our media-saturated age has only grown since his 2008 suicide. His plainspoken commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College was perhaps the most accessible bit of writing he produced; as a result, it’s been celebrated widely as a portal into the larger philosophical questions that animated his life and work. At the popular site Brain Pickings, Maria Popova asserted that Wallace’s address peels back “the curtain on the triumphs and tragedies of being David Foster Wallace.”


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Last Updated on Monday, 05 May 2014 13:42
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