Appearing Elsewhere: The Pale King and the DFW Legacy

April 1, 2011 | 1 book mentioned 3

You can read my take on The Pale King – and what it says about Wallace’s legacy – at New York Magazine.

is the author of City on Fire and A Field Guide to the North American Family. In 2017, he was named one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists.


  1. Garth,

    Thank you for this soulful and inspiring appreciation of David Foster Wallace’s new novel. I agree with your conclusion – and DFW’s – that all of us, even wastoids, yearn to connect. You bring this home beautifully by quoting three simple sentences: “Look around you. The horizon trembling, shapeless. We are all of us brothers.” Please tell me this doesn’t mean you’re going to abandon The Millions in favor of the Mainstream!

    Bill Morris

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