Posthumous David Foster Wallace story published in New Yorker, book promised for 2010
Following months of speculation as to what would happen to David Foster Wallace's large amount of unpublished fiction, The New Yorker has offered an answer. It comes in the arrival of "Wiggle Room," the first posthumous work by Wallace to be published anywhere. The piece details the minutiae of an I.R.S. rote examiner slowly going crazy from the boredom of his work. Anyone who read Wallace's previously published story "Good People" will recognize its protagonist, who would have been one of the main characters in Wallace's large, unfinished third novel, The Pale King. "Wiggle Room" is as self-consciously boring as the subject it's written about, but extremely moving in a crushing sort of way.
Publisher Little, Brown is planning on releasing the partial manuscript for The Pale King in 2010.
Addendum: A secondary item that Max's piece highlighted was the large amount of letters Wallace wrote and received from other writers, especially Don Delillo and Jonathan Franzen (also, undoubtedly, Mark Costello). It's probably too much to ask at this early date, but who doesn't want to learn what Delillo and Wallace wrote to each other while restructuring the face of American fiction? Come on, Little, Brown: publish those letters.
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