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The Pale King (Hardcover)

by David Foster Wallace

The Millions Top Ten: May 2014 0

An eighth author becomes a two-time Hall of Famer

2012: The Year With No Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 20

For the first time since A River Runs Through It failed to win in 1977, no award was given in the Fiction category.

Overnight Sensation? Edith Pearlman on Fame and the Importance of Short Fiction 10

People are made by the books they read and I think I am finished. That is to say, my making is finished.

A Year in Reading: Garth Risk Hallberg 4

Behold: a museum of my failures, an atlas of incompletion, a tour of the ruins of a future that never came. I call it "Reviews I Did Not Write This Year."

The Notables: 2011 1

The Millions Top Ten: September 2011 0

An e-book original takes the top spot and another debuts. One of the big literary books of the fall also lands on our list.

The Millions Top Ten: August 2011 0

It's The Pale King's last month at the top. Plus a new Hall of Famer and a pair of intriguing newcomers.

The Millions Top Ten: July 2011 2

Two debuts last month: a classic work of poetry and a brand new installment of an epic series.

Edouard Levé’s 'Suicide' and Edouard Levé’s Suicide 4

To write a book about a suicide, to call it Suicide, and to then take your own life before its publication is, whatever else it is, a way of exerting an overpowering influence over how that work is received.

The Millions Top Ten: June 2011 1

A favorite author of The Millions returns to the top ten. Plus two new Hall of Famers!

The Lively and Maybe Lost Art of the Literary Reading 10

How writers are becoming more accessible online – and less so in person.

Last Words 14

When do we, as writers, accept that a piece is as good as it will ever be, even if it’s not that great? When do we decide that a piece will never be good enough to be published?

The Millions Top Ten: May 2011 0

Two debuts (including an e-book original) and a YA bestseller returns.

The Indigenous American Berserk 19

Whenever there are bright lights, clusters of cameras and microphones, spin doctors and handlers, packs of hungry rivals with notebooks, the writer's chances of getting something genuine, or even merely unique, shrink monstrously.  I experienced this so many times that it is one of the few things I absolutely know to be true.

More Pale King 0

How Avant Is It? Zadie Smith, Tom McCarthy, and the Novel's Way Forward 24

Huge claims have been made on behalf of the novelist Tom McCarthy. But what do they actually tell us about "the future of fiction?"

The Craftsman: E.L. Doctorow's All the Time in the World 1

"Writing is immensely difficult," Doctorow once told George Plimpton, "The short forms especially."

The New York Times Reviews The Pale King 0

Tuesday New Release Day: Wallace, O'Rourke, Levy 0

The Burden of Meaningfulness: David Foster Wallace's The Pale King 9

Certainly Wallace had set himself a problem masochistic or quixotic in its difficulty: how to write an interesting novel about that byword for tedium, the IRS? And how to write a religious novel about the most disenchanted and secular of professions, namely accounting?

...And If You Still Want More on The Pale King 2

Appearing Elsewhere: The Pale King and the DFW Legacy 3

The Millions Top Ten: March 2011 1

Two new debuts and new number one.

Pale King Confusion 7

The Pale King Is Shipping 9

Exclusive: The First Lines of David Foster Wallace's The Pale King 27

The book's lyrical opening sentence may be familiar to Wallace completists.

Listening to David Foster Wallace 1

Most Anticipated: The Great 2011 Book Preview 61

8,000 words strong and encompassing 76 titles, it's the only 2011 book preview you will ever need.

Unpublished DFW 0

Another David Foster Wallace Book Out Soon 1

Pale King Pre-Orders 0