Read (and Listen to) an Unpublished David Foster Wallace Fragment

Read an unpublished fragment of a story (or novel?) by David Foster Wallace at  454 W 23rd St New York, NY 10011-2157 (uh, that’s a blog, not, like, an actual physical address (although I guess it could be an actual physical address to. But, you don’t have to go there to read the story. Just click on the link. You know how the internet works, don’t you?)). Not sure who actually transcribed the piece (maybe the folks at 454?), but die-hard DFW fans will likely have heard the author read it himself. If you want to hear it, download it here (it also includes a hilarious reading (also unpublished) about a perfect boy who everyone hates). Here’s the first paragraph of the audio transcription–

Every whole person has ambitions, projects, objectives. This particular boy’s objective was to press his lips to every square inch of his own body. His arms to the shoulders and most of the legs beneath the knee were child’s play but after these areas of his body, 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.

3 thoughts on “Read (and Listen to) an Unpublished David Foster Wallace Fragment”

    1. Hey, Nick–
      Thanks so much for the clarification! Oddly enough, I actually went to your site first (the bibliography), but I guess I didn’t do my research too well.
      Thanks for the links, too.

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  1. 1) I wondered about this – posthumous DFW writing has been arriving via the New Yorker etc. rather than obscure blogs (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

    1.1) Thanks for the audio.

    2) Great blog.

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