Questions tagged [david-foster-wallace]

For questions about David Foster Wallace (1962-2008) and his various literary works. His most famous works include "Infinite Jest" (1996) and his posthumous novel "The Pale King" (2011).

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
2
votes
1answer
120 views

Where is the "unborable" quote in The Pale King?

I'm a big fan of The Pale King by David Foster Wallace. I remember a favorite quote somewhere in the text that goes something like the key to life is being unborable...and he met two such men in the ...
12
votes
1answer
1k views

From where did David Foster Wallace draw inspiration for writing style and technique?

DFW has a peculiar writing style. For example, in his essay, Authority and American Usage, he makes use of a colloquial form of writing which is often repeated in his other essays. An example of this ...
4
votes
0answers
47 views

"This Is Water" David Foster Wallace Commencement Speech Fish Story Reference

In David Foster Wallace's "This Is Water" Commencement Speech, there is a story used as a metaphor about a fish asking another fish "what the hell is water": There are these two young fish swimming ...