The Pale King
- Publishers Weekly review by Jonathan Segura (14/3/11) Spoilers.
- stlmag.com review by Kyle Beachy (28/3/11) Spoilers. Awesome review.
- Unfinished Business, Time.com review by Lev Grossman (31/3) Major Spoilers.
- Too Much Information, GQ review by John Jeremiah Sullivan (31/3) Great review, some spoilers.
- The New York Times review by Michiko Kakutani, Maximized Revenue, Minimized Existence (31/3) spoilers.
- Garth Risk Hallberg's NY Mag article, Death and Taxes: Why David Foster Wallace still demands our attention (1/4/11) minor spoilers.
- Colin Waters reviews The Pale King for Herald Scotland (4/4) some spoilers.
- The Hipster Bookclub's Marie Mundaca, The Pale King and I (4/4) some spoilers.
- Sam Anderson's NYT Magazine piece review, David Foster Wallace’s Unfinished Novel — and Life. (4/4) Plenty of spoilers.
- Emmett Stinson's review Readings: Books, Music and Film (5/4) spoilers.
- Charles Mahoney's Washington Square News review, Escaping the tedium of modern existence with David Foster Wallace. (5/4) Quite a few spoilers.
- NPR's Daniel Roberts reviews The Pale King, The Magic Of David Foster Wallace's Unfinished 'King'. Lots of spoilers. (5/4)
- Jeff Turrentine's review for The Washington Post, David Foster Wallace’s ‘Pale King’: Plot takes back seat to mood and ideas. Plenty of spoilers (7/4/11)
- Michael Hingston's review for Straight.com Vancouver. Spoilers (7/4/11)
- Mike Fischer's Journal Sentinel Online review. Spoilers (9/4/11)
James Campbell's review for The Wall Street Journal, A Cure for Head-Exploding Brilliance . Spoilers, plenty of them, including things about its conclusion... (9/4/11)
- The Globe and Mail's Matt Kavanagh, So, was it worth the wait? Heaps of spoliers. (10/4/11)
- Boston.com's John Freeman, The Fallen King. Spoilers. (10/4/11)
- Ted Gioia for The Dallas Morning News. Spoilers. (10/4/11)
- The Kansas City Star's Kevin Canfield, Wallace’s ‘Pale King’ is a challenging examination of boredom. Lots of spoilers. (10/4/11)
- Salon.com's Laura Miller reviews The Pale King in "The Pale King": David Foster Wallace's Last Battle. Many spoilers.
- Emily Cooke writing for The Millions, The Burden of Meaningfulness: David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King. Lots of spoilers. (12/4/11)
- Judith Shulevitz for Slate.com, Why David Foster Wallace Couldn't Finish: The Pale King reveals the secrets of boredom. Major spoilers. (12/4/11)
- James Greer's review for Fanzine. Spoilers (12/4/11)
- Michael Sheehan's review for The Rumpus, Boredom as Religious Experience: David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King. Spoilers. (13/4/11)
- Rob Brunner's review for Entertainment Weekly. Some spoilers. (13/4/11)
- Patrick Whitehurst's review for Slant Magazine, The Pale King Is a Heady Conundrum . Spoilers. (13/4/11)
- David Kipen's audio review on KPCC (13/4/11) Spoilers. Second link on the page is to an old 2004 interview with DFW for City Arts & Lectures.
- Patrick Condon's AP review, Unfinished Foster Wallace Book Bores Into Boredom. Plenty of spoilers. (14/4/11)
- There's a spectacular review of The Pale King by Tom McCarthy in the Sunday book review, David Foster Wallace: The Last Audit. An absolute must-read if you've finished The Pale King. If not, come back to it because it is filled with spoilers.
- Tim Martin's Telegraph review The Infinite Jester Returns: David Foster Wallace's The Pale King. Spoilers (15/4/11)
- Nat Segnit's review for The Independent. Spoilers (15/4/11)
- Alicia J. Rouverol's review for The Christian Science Monitor. Spoliers (15/4/11)
- Sam Leith's review for The Spectator, An existential hero. Spoilers (16/4/11)
- Malcolm Knox's review for The Sydney Morning Herald. Spoilers (16/4/11)
- Gregory McNamee's review for Kirkus Reviews. Spoilers. (15/4/11)
- Don Oldenburg's USA Today Review. Spoilers.
- Stephen Marche's National Post Review. Spoilers and the most negative one I've read so far. (15/4/11)
- Hari Kunzru's Financial Times Review, Final Accounts. Spoilers (15/4/11)
- Sara Faye Lieber's Paste Magazine review. Spoilers (15/4/11)
- Geordie Williamson's review in The Australian, Eye of the tornado. Spoilers. (16/4/11)
- Matt Frassica's review for the Courier-Journal, David Foster Wallace's suicide will color how people read 'Pale King', appears to assume readers can't (or won't) consider the author separate to work... Spoilers. (15/4/11)
- James Lasdun's review for The Guardian. Spoilers. (16/4/11)
- Peter Murphy's Irish Times review, What a novel this could have been. Spoilers. (16/4/11)
- Archie Bland's review for The Independent. Spoilers (17/4/11)
- Craig Fehrman's SF Chronicle review. Spoilers. (17/4/11)
- Gabriel Brownstein's Cleveland.com review, David Foster Wallace imbued 'The Pale King' with tax collectors and tragedy. Spoilers. (17/4/11)
- Cliff Froehlich's stltoday review, David Foster Wallace makes boredom fascinating. Spoilers. (17/4/11)
- John Barber's review for The Globe and Mail, Courage required for unfinished novel, The Pale King. Spoilers. (15/4/11)
- Derek Sagehorn's review for The Daily Californian, The Long Goodbye. Spoilers. (18/4/11)
- Dr Adam Kelly's review for The Post, A rambling genius till the very end. Spoilers. (17/4/11)
- Nina Maclaughlin's review for the Boston Phoenix. Minor Spoilers. (13/4/11)
- Emmett Stinson's review for Readings. Spoilers.
- Ryan J. Meehan's review for The Harvard Crimson. Spoilers (19/4/11)
- Richard Rayner's review for The L.A. Times. Spoilers. (15/4/11)
- Paul La Farge's review for Barnes and Novel. Spoilers. (15/4/11)
- David Masciotra's article and review from PopMatters, The Ferocious Morality of David Foster Wallace. Spoilers. (20/4/11)
- Matt Thorne's review for The Telegraph. Spoilers. (20/4/11)
- Mark Medley' piece for the Montreal Gazette, The Pale King: A testament to both author and editor. Spoilers. (20/4/11)
- Luke Baumgarten's review for the Pacific NorthWest Inlander. Spoilers. (20/4/11)
- John Barron's review for the Chicago Sun-Times. Spoliers. (17/4/11)
- Jonathan Raban's review/overview of David Foster Wallace and The Pale King for the May 12th Issue of the New York Review of Books, Divine Drudgery is first. Spoilers (Due 14/5/11).
- Ian Thompson's review for the Evening Standard, True courage is battling boredom in Peoria. Spoliers. (21/4/11)
- A review of The Pale King over at BoingBoing.net . Spoliers (21/4/11)
- Zack Handlen's A.V. Club review. Spoliers. (21/4/11)
- Tom Roberge's review for Deadspin, David Foster Wallace Wrote A Book About You. Spoilers. (22/4/11)
- Chris' Charge Shot Review. Spoilers. (22/4/11)
- Michael Sayeau's review for The Observer at guardian.co.uk. Spoilers. (24/4/11)
- Chamber Four's review of The Pale King. Spoilers. (26/4/11)
- Paul Constant's review for The Stranger, The King Is Dead. Spoilers. (12/4/11)
- Ian McGillis' review for The Montreal Gazette, David Foster Wallace's prankster side is on full display in The Pale King. Spoilers. (29/4/11)
- Paul Debraski's review for I Just Read About That. Spoilers (2/5/11)
- Brain Chappell's review for The The Poetry, David Foster Wallace’s Open-Ended End Game. Spoilers (3/5/11)
- Robert Mentzer's thoughts over at A Million Monkeys, The Pale King is brilliant and annoying. Spoilers (2/5/11)
- Stephen Marche's review for the Edmonton Journal, A great novelist without a great novel, is best read for a laugh. From the content of this review I seriously doubt he read the book, or has read any Wallace. Hard to find spoilers... (1/5/11)
- Gary Panetta's review for pjstar.com Peoria, 'The Pale King' captures the tedium of an IRS agent life. Spoilers (30/4/11)
- Matthew Korfhage's review for Swag Rag, The Pale King: Boredom Ain't Boring. (27/4/11)
- Richard Rayner's review for the Chicago Tribune, 'Pale King' shows promise of what might have been. (29/4/11)
- Chuck Twardy's review for the Las Vegas Weekly, David Foster Wallace’s posthumous novel frustrates, but proves rewarding. (4/5/11)
- Renato Pagnani's review for SEE, Serve This Royalty The Pale King confirms that it’s in the tiny details where we can transcend. (5/5/11)
- Stuart Shiffman's review for bookreporter.com (5/5/11)
- Priya Kulasagaran's review for The Star Online Beauty amidst boredom. (8/5/11)
- Keith Meatto's review for Frontier Psychiatrist Bored to Death – A Review of The Pale King. (11/5/11)
- Of Books and Reading Review. (12/5/11)
- Chrysta Brown's review for CultureMob. (12/5/11)
- J Jagannath's review for The Business Standard, The Soul of Bureaucracy. (13/5/11)
- No Pun Intended review by John, The Pale King and the Absence of Finality. (15/5/11)
- Philip Christman's review for Books & Culture a Christian Review, The Pale King: Random snapshots, wonderful sentences, local victories. (05/11)
- Cæmeron Crain's review for The Mantle, Heroism of the Mundane. (18/5/11)
- James Ley's piece for the Australian Literary Review, vol.6, iss.4 (4 May 2011) 16-17. (This one is well worth reading. Also, Ley's review of Fate, Time and Language).
- Sam Thielman's review for The State, David Foster Wallace’s humorous epilogue. (15/5/11)
- Desmond Traynor's review for Independent.ie. Posthumous novel on tedium is anything but boring. (22/5/11)
- Michael de Zayas' review for The Arts Fuse, The Pale King-- David Foster Wallace Finds the Magnificent in the Mundane. (24/5/11)
- Joshua Willey's review for blackheartmagazine. (25/5/11)
- Jeremy Martin's review for The Hyper Literate. (25/5/11)
- Andrew Ervin's review for Philly.com, 'The Pale King': An unfinished novel that offers completeness. (29/5/11)
- John Lucas for Writers' Hub, The Apotheosis of DFW: David Foster Wallace & 'The Pale King'. (6/6/11)
- Will Layman's review for PopMatters, David Foster Wallace's Posthumous 'The Pale King' Explores Self-Consciousness As a Disease. (7/6/11)
- Michael Norris' review for Literary Kicks, The Pale King: David Foster Wallace's Adieu. (9/6/11)
- William Deresiewicz's article for The Nation (DFW was on the cover), The Children's Hospital: On David Foster Wallace. (15/6/11)
- Angela Leroux-Lindsey's review of The Pale King for Animal Farm. (6/11)
- George FM review of The Pale King. (29/6/11)
- Chris Osmond's review of The Pale King. (28/6/11)
- The Pale King’s Opening Lines Vs. Hadji Murad’s Opening Lines from Biblioklept. (29/6/11)
- Biblioklept's review of The Pale King. (30/6/11)
- Pico's review for Daily Kos, Literature for Kossacks: In the court of the Pale King. (1/7/11)
- The L.A. Review of Books has just posted an excellent dual review/essay feature: Where was David Foster Wallace going with The Pale King? Being Boring by Cornel Bonca and Unfinished Form by Lee Konstantinou. (6/7/11)
- Jamie Yates's review over at Chicago Ex-Patriate, The Pale King: Taxation Representations. (6/7/11)
- Christopher Carr's review for The Inductive, The Banality of Good: The Pale King by David Foster Wallace . (9/7/11)
- Shane Richmond's review for 26 Books. (10/7/11)
- David Stockdale's review for And Magazine, Beyond The Pale A meditation on the late David Foster Wallace. (20/7/11)
- Joshua Cunningham's review of The Pale King for the Burnside Writers Collective. (21/7/11)
- Tom Tracey's review for The Oxonian, More Caterpillar Than Butterfly But, My, What A Cocoon. (13/6/11)
- Zak M. Salih's review for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. (31/7/11)
- Adam Kirsch's paywalled article over at The new Republic, The Importance of Being Earnest: David Foster Wallace was the voice of his generation, for better and for worse (28/7/11).
- Rich Gangelhoff's review in Rain Taxi. (Summer 2011)
- David Zahl's review for Modern Reformation, Point of Contact. (Sep 2011)
- Peter Vilbig's, Eyes Wide Open: Thoughts on David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King. (18/8/11)
- Biblioklept, “It’s No Accident that Civics Isn’t Taught Anymore” — More from §19 of David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King. (2/9/11)
- The Pale King by David Foster Wallace '85 An interview with Mark Costello '84 and Andrew Parker, professor of English. (Sep 2011)
- David Foster Wallace and the Velveteen Rabbit by James Warner for identitytheory.com. (12/8/11)
- In looking for the truth, it is sometimes necessary to turn to works of fiction, Stuart Washington from the SMH. (5/8/11)
- Peter Toohey's, The Thrill of Boredom, in the NY Times Sunday Review. (6/8/11)
- Stranger than The Pale King, Judd's post over at Pretty Random about The Pale King and Stranger than Fiction (Sounds like I'll have to check out this film!). (8/8/11)
- The Pale King UK Paperback is due 25th August 2011.
- The Pale King and the debt ceiling over at the Ambiguities. (31/7/11)
- Sancruensis piece about The Pale King, The Only Thing Worth Writing About. (29/7/11)
- Conversation between Tucker Stone and Joe "Jog" McCulloch over at The Factual Opinion, No Pictures: A Conversation About The Pale King. (28/7/11)
- Literatured.com, The Avant-Garde of The Pale King. (27/7/11)
- Patrick Nathan (Xenith review 18/5/11) responds, via letter to the editor, to Cornel Bonca's L.A. review of books piece.
- RJ Basinillo writes about David Foster Wallace and The Pale King for Ion Magazine. (22/7/11)
- Ryan Blanck continues his Letters to DFW Project with his latest post about The Pale King section four. (25/7/11)
- Ryan Blanck continues his Letters to DFW Project with his latest post about The Pale King section three.
- Scott D. Moringiello's piece over at the Verdicts blog, David Foster Wallace, ora pro nobis, considers The Pale King and the light it sheds on Sean Kelly and Hubert Dreyfus’s All Things Shining. (6/7/11)
- The Pale King had made Salon.com's best of 2011 so far list. (4/7/11)
- Aaron Eisen's, The Taxonomy of Surplus, for The Cavalier Daily. (29/4/11) Besides an unfinished manuscript, the late David Foster Wallace left a manual for life and writing.
- Salman Rushdie recommends The Pale King. (30/6/11)
- 3 Quarks Daily's, Morgan Meis: David Foster Wallace's Final Book is Boring. (30/6/11) "David Foster Wallace's final book is boring. On that, everyone seems to agree. We understand, too, that Wallace intended it to be boring." No, no, no! I'm sure it wasn't just me that found it quite the opposite of boring?
Simple Ranger - Shattercane & Lamb’s Quarter. (28/6/11)
Bookfox, The Unblemished Reader, did the hype surrounding The Pale King ruin its reading? (15/6/11)
Michael Feldman interviews Michael Pietsch on Whad'ya Know June 18, 2011 about The Pale King and other things. (from 06:30)
nevercouldbeanyotherway post about David Foster Wallace in response to The Pale King. (24/6/11)
- Morgan Meis's article for The Smart Step, Eleven Steps Forward... The Pale King as treatment: How does it end? (24/6/11)
- Differences in The Pale King Audiobook. (14/6/11)
- Jay Miller over at literatured.com has put together a short post about literary references to suicide in The Pale King. (12/6/11)
- The Pale King and the Terrifying Demands Upon It By John Lingan. (6/6/11)
- In Subsection 22 over at literatured.com Jay Miller explores and writes about chapter 22 of The Pale King. (18/5/11)
- Monica Westin's Vividly Pale: How David Foster Wallace Made Me A Better Person. (1/6/11)
- Meta_Wordz, On Boredom and Lacking Perspective via David Foster Wallace's THE PALE KING. (12/4/11)
- Some Thoughts Upon Finishing The Pale King by Brad Johnson. (19/5/11)
- Free copy of The Pale King with pre-registration (while stocks last) for the Bryant Park Pale King Word for Word BookClub led by Matthew Gallaway and Seth Colter Walls on the 24th May.
- English Majeure comic by Keith Pille about The Pale King. (11/5/11)
- Mark Haddon's thoughts about The Pale King. (2/5/11)
- Word Reading Report from RealCity by Justin Levine. (3/5/11)
- Laura Miller's piece for Salon, How a podiatrist sign became a literary icon. (3/5/11)
- Don't forget about the fantastic posts about The Pale King over at The Pale Spring!
- Leigh Finnegan's piece for Counterpoint Magazine Unfinished: The late David Foster Wallace’s work-in-progress (5/5/11)
- Word for Word bookclub on 24th May - The Pale King by David Foster Wallace - Led By: Matthew Gallaway and Seth Colter Walls
- Glenn Kenny discusses Chapter 9 of The Pale King. Spoilers (10/5/11)
- Boston.com's Alex Beam's piece Sobering Tales, New David Foster Wallace archives reveal details of author’s connection to local rehab center and hospital. (6/5/11)
- The Malta Independent's Wallace novel renews debate about posthumous books
- Video from the PEN Centre Pale King Event.
- Margaret Wappler's L.A. Festival of Books panel report, Festival of Books: 'Pale King' and the lost voice of David Foster Wallace. (2/5/11)
- 21C Magazine David Foster Wallace: Pale Kingdoms. (3/5/11)
- Launch event wrap-up. (30/4/11)
- Explosions in the Sky on How They Want to Be Like Phish (and How They Miss David Foster Wallace) (27/4/11)
- Will Wlizlo's The Cult of The Pale King for UTNE Reader. (18/4/11)
- Jeffery Ellinger's Short Discussion on The Pale King. (27/4/11)
- Steven Cahn (one of the editors of the publication that includes David Foster Wallace's philosophy thesis, Fate, Time, and Language: An Essay on Free Will) has written a letter to the New York Times Sunday book review challenging the part of Tom McCarthy's review of The Pale King that address Wallace's philosophy thesis. (30/4/11)
- PEN Everything and More NYC event reports. (28/4/11)
- Robert P. Baird's article for 3 Quarks Daily, After the Death of David Foster Wallace. (25/4/11)
- Report about The Wheeler Centre David Foster Wallace event in Melbourne, Australia. (20/4/11)
- The Pale King is #1 on the NPR Hardcover Fiction Bestseller list.
- Nathan Heller's piece for Slate, David Foster Wallace: Why he inspires such devotion in his fans. (21/4/11)
- Michael H. Miller's report about the Strand launch event for Bookish. (21/4/11)
- Ryan Blanck's Skylight Books release party report over at Letters to DFW. (21/4/11)
- Joe Winkler's Word Bookstore launch event report.
- Jennifer Schuessler for NYT Arts Beat, Tax Day Special: David Foster Wallace and the Terrors of the Tingle Table. (18/4/11)
- Joe Gross for statesman.com, At UT's Ransom Center, tallying the singular relics of David Foster Wallace's 'Pale King' . (17/4/11)
- David Matin for The National, Should David Foster Wallace's unfinished novel have been published? (19/4/11)
- Aime Williams on Discovering David Foster Wallace for New Statesman. (15/4/11)
- Craig Fehrman's companion piece to his SF Chronicle review on his personal blog about The Pale King and The Broom of the System. (16/4/11)
- Lea Carpenter for Big Think, Shakespeare and David Foster Wallace: The Pale King and Hamlet. (17/4/11)
- Michael Pietsch's interview with Chris Hayes on the Maddow show here, David Foster Wallace Editor on Maddow to Chat New Tax Collector Novel or over at youtube here. (17/4/11)
- Michael Pietsch interview on Public Radio International and WNYC's The Takeaway. Includes audio interview too.
- BookPeople's Blog has put together a Pale King Round-Up. (15/4/11)
- Jennifer Schuessler's NYT piece, ‘The Pale King:’ Battling Tax Boredom in Peoria. (15/4/11)
- Stephen Romei's piece in The Australian, When the opus is unfinished. (16/4/11)
- Michael Pietsch and Bonnie Nadell on BBC Radio 4 - Jump to 1hr 21 or download the mp3 here (for 7 days). (15/4/11) Thanks to Rivers for this alternate link.
- Remembering David Foster Wallace - An interview with Bonnie Nadell (Vimeo 1hr 17mins...) and the related la Repubblica.it article. (15/4/11)
- Jennifer Schuessler's NYT Sunday Book Review piece, David Foster Wallace and the Literary Tax Accountant.
- Robert Banagan's piece about David Foster Wallace for the Wheeler Centre in the lead up to their event next week (at which I'll be speaking), The Truth’s No Stranger Than Fiction. (15/4/11)
- Robert Banagan's ABC Radio National interview with The Book Show, which you can listen to here: The Pale King: posthumous novel from David Foster Wallace.
- I discovered this list of book group questions for The Pale King over at Hatchette books. Not sure how I missed it, but it might be interesting/useful for some of you.
- Hillel Italie's, Wallace Novel Renews Debate About Posthumous Books. (14/4/11)
- KRCW - David Lipsky and Rick Moody: David Foster Wallace's 'The Pale King' (14/4/11) Sometime today. Audio will be available too.
- Matt Feeney writing for Slate, Infinite Attention: David Foster Wallace and being bored out of your mind. (12/4/11)
- Jennifer Schuessler for NYT Arts Beat for a wrap-up of DFW posts this week, David Foster Wallace, Self-Help Reader. (11/4/11)
- Robert Douglas-Fairhurst in The Telegraph, David Foster Wallace's The Pale King: Can it still be a masterpiece? (10/4/11)
- Thought Catalog's Phil Roland, Why I Won’t Be Finishing The Pale King. (10/4/11)
- The Editing 'Conspiracy' (10/4/11)
- The NYT Magazine Sentence of the Week has a Pale King Focus (spoilers).
- Inside the List reports that The Pale King, "squeaks onto the hardcover fiction list at No. 16." (9/4/11)
- The Guardian has an extract of Chapter 22 of The Pale King available for reading. (9/4/11)
- Six Draft's ofThe Pale King's Chapter 9. (9/4/11)
- Charles McGrath's article for The New York Times Books, Piecing Together Wallace’s Posthumous Novel is well worth a look, but as always spoilers if you haven't read TPK yet. (9/4/11)
- An interview with Michael Pietsch over at the Atlantic, 'The Pale King': David Foster Wallace's Editor on the Book's Path to Print. Plenty of spoilers. (9/4/11)
- Michael Pietsch's (slightly edited) Editor's Note introduction to The Pale King, In search of David Foster Wallace's Pale King, is now available to read over at the Guardian. (8/4/11)
- Tax tips from The Pale King over at Galley Cat. These amount to spoilers from the main text of TPK if you are trying to avoid everything. (8/4/11)
- Interesting piece about The Pale King over at Matt Bucher's blog, Simple Ranger, The Pale King – Section 1: Will it Play in Peoria? Minor TPK spoilers. (7/4/11)
- Maria Bustillos visited the DFW Archive and produced this mammoth piece, Inside David Foster Wallace's Private Self-Help Library. (6/4/11) Some minor TPK spoilers. Awesome article.
- Gabriel Brownstein's article for the Guardian, The shadow over David Foster Wallace's The Pale King (5/4/11)
- Tom Scocca's latest piece over at Slate.com titled, David Foster Wallace Wrote Two Novels, and The Pale King Is Not One of Them (5/4/11)
- Tom Ruprecht on, The Relationship Between Author and Reader: Examining David Foster Wallace's 'The Pale King' (4/4/11)
- Abstract Modem's First thoughts on the Pale King, without having read a single word yet (4/4/11)
- A Morality Tale from the Grave - DFW and Bill Hicks (3/4/11)
- NPR's All Things Considered audio program, Author's Final Book An Unfinished Tale Of Boredom (3/4/11)
- Kül's Short-a-Day Updates (30/3/11)
- First lines of The Pale King? (14/3/11)
- Abstractmodem, The State of The Pale King (8/3/11)
- The Final Text of The Pale King (5/3/11)
- 'New' excerpt Backbone.
- The Pale King So Far - from Matt Bucher's Simple Ranger.
- The Pale King: Analyzing “Good People” - from Matt Bucher's Simple Ranger.
The Simple Ranger Section Guide for The Pale King Major Spoiler! A section by section run down of the book.
- DFW had been working on TPK since 1996.
- It's had a number of working titles: "Glitterer," "SJF "(which stood for Sir John Feelgood), and "What is Peoria For?"
- Some of the pieces of short fiction collected elsewhere are chapters of the novel including "The Soul Is Not a Smithy" and "Incarnations of Burned Children." (No clarification if this means they are part of TPK, Nick)
- Wallace did extensive research for the novel in accounting, tax processes, an so forth. (Check out the DFW Research notes at the bottom of the page here)
- There are more than 1000 pages of manuscript, in 150 unique chapters; the novel will be published in time for tax day in April 2011. (With a number of publication date changes already I'd say this is not yet set in stone, Nick)
- The subject of the novel is boredom. The opening of the book instructs the reader to go back and read the small type they skipped on the copyright page, which details the battle with publishers over their determination to call it fiction, when it's all 100% true. The narrator, David Foster Wallace, is at some point confused with another David F. Wallace by IRS computers, pointing to the degree to which our lives are filled with irrelevant complexity.
- The finished book is expected to be more than 400 pages, and will be explicitly subtitled "An Unfinished Novel"; the plan is to make available the drafts and phases the text went through on a website that will exist alongside the book. Pietsch is editing the book in close collaboration with Bonnie Nadell and the estate, but as we've heard him say before, he sees his role very clearly as attempting to order the text into a unified whole, and not making changes that the author isn't there to argue with.
- Peoria (9) 'Whispering Pines' from TriQuarterly #112, June 2002. (Start of Chap 8 in TPK, numerous changes)
- A short passage about the childhood of a girl called Peoria who works for the IRS was read during To The Best of Our Knowledge (Section 2 from 32:15).
- Backbone - The New Yorker, March 7 2011 (This is one of the Lannan Foundation fragments, see below).
All That- The New Yorker December 2009(Even though confirmed as an excerpt in back '09 it doesn't appear in TPK).
Possible Chapters (based on Micheal Pietsch's comments at the MLA09 Panel) These were not in the final publication:
The already published shorts "The Soul Is Not a Smithy" and Incarnations of Burned Children may be (or may have been) shorter chapters in the novel. Kathleen Fitzpatrick writes:
And finally, Michael Pietsch discussed The Pale King; I madly took notes, but they’re a little disjointed. Pietsch says Wallace had been working on since 1996, and the novel went through various working titles, including “Glitterer,” “SJF” (which stood for Sir John Feelgood), and “What is Peoria For?” As we’ve heard, Wallace did extensive research for the novel in accounting, tax processes, and so forth. What I hadn’t heard before today was that various pieces we’ve seen in stand-alone form are in fact chapters of the novel, including “The Soul Is Not a Smithy” and “Incarnations of Burned Children.” Pietsch is working with more than 1000 pages of manuscript, in 150 unique chapters; the novel will be published in time for tax day in April 2011. As we know, the subject of the novel is boredom. The opening of the book instructs the reader to go back and read the small type they skipped on the copyright page, which details the battle with publishers over their determination to call it fiction, when it’s all 100% true. The narrator, David Foster Wallace, is at some point confused with another David F. Wallace by IRS computers, pointing to the degree to which our lives are filled with irrelevant complexity. The finished book is expected to be more than 400 pages, and will be explicitly subtitled “An Unfinished Novel”; the plan is to make available the drafts and phases the text went through on a website that will exist alongside the book. Pietsch is editing the book in close collaboration with Bonnie Nadell and the estate, but as we’ve heard him say before, he sees his role very clearly as attempting to order the text into a unified whole, and not making changes that the author isn’t there to argue with.
[Via Kathleen Fitzpatrick at Planned Obsolescence]
Wallace began the research for “The Pale King” shortly after the
publication of “Infinite Jest.” He took accounting classes. He studied
I.R.S. publications. “You should have seen him with our accountant,”
Karen Green remembers. “It was like, ‘What about the ruling of 920S?’
” He enjoyed mastering the technicalities of the I.R.S.
bureaucracy—its lore, mind-set, vocabulary.
from Dazed and Confused?
DFW: I'm on leave this year. I'm auditing a class but I'm not
teaching. The class I'm auditing is a real bitch but somehow I'm
holding on at a high C or low B.
GVS: What's the class?
DFW: It's ah, it's advanced tax accounting, which is a long story and
you probably don't want to know about it but it's wa-a-a-y over my
little noggin'. It's a Will Hunting class.
GVS: Oh my God.
DFW: 35 pages of incredibly dense, you know, CPA stuff at night and
then you get tested on it the next day.
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