From §44

“The underlying bureaucratic key is the ability to deal with boredom. To function effectively in an environment that precludes everything vital and human. To breathe, so to speak, without air…It is the key to modern life. If you are immune to boredom, there is literally nothing you cannot accomplish.

The amount of work David Foster Wallace put into The Pale King is incredible. He wrote it for almost a decade; I read it in two months. I wonder how much time Michael Pietsch (the editor) spent arranging all DFW’s notes to come up with the final manuscript. Amazing. 


3 thoughts on “From §44

    • there are a lot of loose ends because dfw didn’t get to finish writing it. i think the plot was just starting to take shape near the book’s ending. but the sections can stand on their own–some of them read like short stories. in some parts, he goes on and on and on explaining tax returns and how the irs works. it will literally test your threshold for boredom. but i highly recommend it :-D

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