October Fiction Meetup: The Pale King, by David Foster Wallace

Please join us for our discussion of The Pale King, David Foster Wallace's posthumously published novel. In his New York Times review, Michiko Kakutani writes:

"By turns breathtakingly brilliant and stupefying dull — funny, maddening and elegiac — “The Pale King” will be minutely examined for the reflexive light it sheds on Wallace’s oeuvre and his life. But it may also snag the attention of newcomers, giving them a window into this immensely gifted writer’s vision of the human condition as lived out in the middle of the middle of America, toward the end of the 20th century.

"This novel reminds us what a remarkable observer Wallace was — a first-class “noticer,” to use a Saul Bellow term, of the muchness of the world around him, chronicling the overwhelming data and demands that we are pelted with, second by second, minute by minute, and the protean, overstuffed landscape we dwell in.... [I]n almost everything Wallace wrote, including “The Pale King,” he aimed to use words to lasso and somehow subdue the staggering, multifarious, cacophonous predicament that is modern American life."

Here's a link to the Amazon page:


Please also visit our page on getting books at local libraries.

Hope to see you there!

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  • Sara

    is there any point in trying to park on the street near teaism?

    October 9, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I park on 7th near Constitution - plenty of parking, a couple of blocks away

      October 9, 2012

    • Sara

      thanks. i don't hang around in the area much these days. i remember the 90s and the aughts when you coauld park anywhere. :)

      October 9, 2012

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