New David Foster Wallace Story Appears in The New Yorker

A quick heads up: The March 7 edi­tion of The New York­er mag­a­zine fea­tures a pre­vi­ous­ly unpub­lished sto­ry by David Fos­ter Wal­lace, the cel­e­brat­ed Amer­i­can author who com­mit­ted sui­cide back in 2008. The sto­ry, “Back­bone,” begins:

Every whole per­son has ambi­tions, objec­tives, ini­tia­tives, goals. This one par­tic­u­lar boy’s goal was to be able to press his lips to every square inch of his own body.

His arms to the shoul­ders and most of his legs beneath the knee were child’s play. After these areas of his body, how­ev­er, the dif­fi­cul­ty increased with the abrupt­ness of a coastal shelf. The boy came to under­stand that unimag­in­able chal­lenges lay ahead of him. He was six.

The full sto­ry appears on The New York­er web­site. And per­haps it will whet your appetite for a big­ger lit­er­ary event. On April 15th, Wal­lace’s final (and still not quite com­plete) nov­el, ‘The Pale King’, will be pub­lished. You can already reserve your copy on Ama­zon here. Thanks to @sheerly for the tip…

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