A new piece of short fiction by DFW has appeared in the New Yorker, read it online: All That
I wonder if this is another excerpt from
It is an excerpt from The Pale King
(Current confirmed release April 2011). Just about to sit down and read it.)
It certainly is interesting to read all these excerpts first this time around. It was only after reading Infinite Jest that I started visiting libraries to track down all the publications with IJ excerpts.
I liked this new excerpt... quite a bit I think. I read it much more closely, and slowly, than I've read anything recently. The voice is different, markedly so, and totally believable.
It made me recall the kinds of games I used to play, when very young, where I had convinced myself of the existence of Smurfs living in my backyard. I was convinced that they only revealed themselves when I wasn't there, and I spent hours constructing elaborate traps to catch them (with no care for Smurf rights or subsequent cruelty).
UPDATES: I can confirm that it is indeed an excerpt from The Pale King and that the current release date is April 2011. I'm glad they're not rushing it (Thanks, Bonnie).
I've asked about the new TPK release date of April 2011 mentioned over at GalleyCat
I'll let you know