Sunday (February 21) marks the birthday of David Foster Wallace, one of the most important American writers of the last quarter-century.
Although Wallace’s masterpieces are his novels, including Infinite Jest (1104 pages), these mammoth works can be intimidating for new readers, so we offer here a selection of his shorter works, for readers who want to immerse themselves slowly in Wallace’s work.
Also, for our readers who are fans of DFW’s work, there is an important new book that will be released next week:
The Gospel According to
David Foster Wallace:
Boredom and Addiction in an Age of Distraction
Adam S. Miller
#6 FREE Online Essays and stories.
There are a good number of DFW’s shorter works that are freely available online.
Here are a few of our favorites:
“The Depressed Person” Harper’s (Jan. 1998)
“Ticket to the Fair” Harper’s (July 1994)
“Federer as Religious Experience” NYTimes (20 Aug. 2006)
“Host” The Atlantic (April 2005)
“A Midwestern boyhood” Harper’s, (Dec. 1991)
30 FREE Stories and Essays by DFW
which is worth perusing!