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“The Walking Dead” Returns

In our “Twilight”-obsessed culture, there’s a lot of pressure to buy into the will-he-bite-or-won’t-he appeal of vampires. But a true monster, as the novelist Colson Whitehead put it in <i>The New Yorker</i> recently, “is a person who has stopped pretending,” and, so in that spirit, I must admit that, …

Divine Drudgery

The Pale King: An Unfinished Novel<p>by David Foster Wallace<p>Little, Brown, 548 pp., $27.99<p>The Broom of the System<p>by David Foster Wallace<p>Penguin, 467 …

A New Brilliant Start

Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace<p>by D.T. Max<p>Viking, 356 pp., $27.95<p>D.T. Max’s short biography, the first to be …

30 Free Essays & Stories by David Foster Wallace on the Web

We started the week expecting to publish one David Foster Wallace post. Then, because of the 50th birthday celebration, it turned into two. And now …

Teaching materials from the David Foster Wallace archive

A small but significant portion of the David Foster Wallace archive represents his teaching career, from his graduate school years through to his …

'I Urge You to Drop E67-02': Course Syllabi by Famous Authors

<i>This is what it'd be like to take a class taught by David Foster Wallace, Katie Roiphe, or Zadie Smith.</i><p>David Foster Wallace<p><b>Next Year's Oscar Nominees</b><p>Every once in a while, one of eminent professor and author David Foster Wallace's syllabi emerges on the Internet, and devotees head to their local …

Issue Content Essay | Lapham’s Quarterly

Atoms for Peace [Thom + Nigel] at Le Poisson Rouge - Default

An A from Nabokov

I wandered into Lit 311 at the beginning of my sophomore year at Cornell in September 1954. It was not that I had any interest in European …

Derrida: The Excluded Favorite

In May of 1951, at the age of twenty, Jacques Derrida took the entrance exams for the prestigious École Normale Supérieure a second time, having …

Ben-Hur and Lew Wallace: How the scapegoat of Shiloh became one of the best-selling novelists in American history.

<i>You can also listen to John Swansburg read this piece using the player below:</i><p>I.<p>Lew Wallace was making conversation with the other gentlemen in his …

Spitballing Indy

The term “spitballing,” in its Hollywood usage, connotes a form of free-associative brainstorming. Creative types sit in a room and, through some fizzy, conversational alchemy, produce ideas that the individual participants might never come up with on their own. When it works, it’s an argument …

The Problem with Processed Storytelling

The kind of recipe for success that a soft-drink company might guard with fierce vigilance, a movie company puts online for all to see. Emma Coats, a former storyboard artist at Pixar, sent out a list of the company’s “22 Rules of Storytelling.” I confess, I thought there was just one—“whatever …

“V.” at L: Pynchon’s First Novel Turns Fifty

Penguin recently announced that Thomas Pynchon will publish his next novel, “Bleeding Edge,” this fall. Set in Manhattan’s “Silicon Alley,” it will mark Pynchon’s literary return to New York City, where he has not ventured since his début, “V.,” published fifty years ago this month. In the …