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Book review: 'The Pale King' by David Foster Wallace
Book review: 'The Pale King' by David Foster Wallace

"The Pale King" is composed of parts of the "something long" on which 46-year-old David Foster Wallace was working before he hanged himself at his home in Claremont on Sept. 12, 2008. Wallace — author of fictions such as "The Broom of the System," "Girl With Curious Hair," "Infinite Jest" and "Brief Interviews With Hideous Men," not to mention a score or so of wonderful loopy discursive nonfiction essays on subjects as diverse as tennis, John McCain, David Lynch, cruise ships, and baton-twirling — left more than 200 pages of typed manuscript for "The Pale King" in a neat pile, almost as if spotlighted, on...

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