Conversations, Reading Guides, Volume 9

David Foster Wallace – Short Reads?

David Foster Wallace

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 [easyazon_link identifier=”0316306053″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Infinite Jest[/easyazon_link] (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:

[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”160″ identifier=”1474236979″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”102″]The Gospel According to
David Foster Wallace:
Boredom and Addiction in an Age of Distraction
Adam S. Miller

Paperback: Bloomsbury, 2016
Buy now: [ [easyazon_link identifier=”1474236979″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Amazon[/easyazon_link] ] [ [easyazon_link identifier=”B017DKVMAQ” locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Kindle[/easyazon_link] ]

#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:


OPEN CULTURE has compiled a list of 
30 FREE Stories and Essays by DFW
which is worth perusing!


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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at:

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