User:AaronSw/David Foster Wallace nonfiction

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I believe this list is basically comprehensive. If you have additions, let me know.

  • 1985: "Richard Taylor's 'Fatalism' and the Semantics of Physical Modality", Amherst Philosophy Thesis
  • [x] 1987: "Matters of Sense and Opacity", NYT letter (OCR PDF)
  • 1988: "Fictional Futures and the Conspicuously Young", Review of Contemporary Fiction (retypeset PDF)
  • [x] 1990: Signifying Rappers: Rap and Race in the Urban Present (with Mark Costello)
  • [x] 1990: "The Horror of Pretentiousness", Washington Post book review (retypeset PDF)
  • [x] 1990: "Fort Wayne is Seventh on Hitler's List", Harvard Book Review (PDF)
  • [x] 1990: "The Empty Plenum", Review of Contemporary Fiction book review (retypeset PDF)
  • [x] 1991: "Exploring Inner Space", Washington Post book review (retypeset PDF)
  • [x] 1991: "The Million-Dollar Tattoo", NYT book review (retypeset PDF)
  • [x] 1991: "Tragic Cuban Emigre and a Tale of 'The Door to Happiness'", Philadelphia Inquirer book review (retypeset PDF)
  • [x] 1991: "Presley as Paradigm", LAT book review (retypeset PDF)
  • [x] 1992: "Portrait of an Eye", Harvard Review book review (retypeset PDF)
  • [x] 1992: "Iris' Story: An Inversion of Philosophic Skepticism", Philadelphia Inquirer book review (retypeset PDF)
    • 1992: reprinted in Contemporary Literary Criticism (vol. 76)
  • 1992: "Tracy Austin's 'Beyond Center Court: My Story'", Philadelphia Inquirer book review
    • [x] 1994: reprinted in CTL as "How Tracy Austin Broke My Heart"
  • [x] 1990: "Derivative Sport in Tornado Alley", ASFTINDA
  • [x] 1990: "E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction", ASFTINDA
    • [x] 1993: printed (lightly edited and sans footnotes) in Review of Contemporary Fiction (PDF)
  • [x] 1993: "Getting Away from Already Being Pretty Much Away from It All", ASFTINDA
  • [x] 1992: "Greatly Exaggerated", ASFTINDA
    • 1992: printed as "'Morte d'Author: An Autopsy" in the Harvard Book Review
  • [x] 1996: "God Bless You, Mr. Franzen", Harper's letter (PDF)
  • [x] 1996: "Democracy and Commerce at the US Open", Tennis (included with NYTM) (PDF)
  • 1996: "Impediments to Passion", Might
    • [x] 1998: reprinted as "Hail The Returning Dragon, Clothed In New Fire" in Shiny Adidas Tracksuits and the Death of Camp and Other Essays from Might Magazine (PDF)
  • [x] 1996: "Quo Vadis - Introduction", Review of Contemporary Fiction (OCR PDF)
  • [x] 1995: "David Lynch Keeps His Head", ASFTINDA
    • 1996: printed (severely abbreviated) in Premiere (HTML)
  • [x] 1995: "Tennis Player Michael Joyce's Professional Artistry as a Paradigm of Certain Stuff about Choice, Freedom, Discipline, Joy, Grotesquerie, and Human Completeness", ASFTINDA
  • [x] 1995: "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again", ASFTINDA
  • [x] 1996: "Joseph Frank's Dostoevsky", CTL
    • 1996: printed as "Feodor's Guide" in Voice Literary Supplement (book review)
  • [x] 1997: "John Updike, Champion Literary Phallocrat, Drops One; Is This Finally the End for Magnificent Narcissists?", New York Observer book review
    • [x] 1998: reprinted (edited) in CTL as "Certainly the End of Something or Other, One Would Sort of Have to Think: (Re John Updike's Towards the End of Time)"
  • [x] 1998: "Big Red Son", CTL
    • 1998: printed (abbreviated and bowdlerized) as "Neither Adult Nor Entertainment" in Premiere under the names Willem R. deGroot and Matt Rundlet
    • [x] see also: backstory from editor; AVN's response
  • [x] 1998: "The Nature of the Fun", Why I Write: Thoughts on the Craft of Fiction (Will Blythe, ed.)
    • [x] 1998: reprinted (with headings) in Fiction Writer (HTML)
  • [x] 1998: "F/X Porn", Waterstone's (PDF)
  • [x] 1998: "Laughing with Kafka", Harper's (PDF)
    • [x] 1999: reprinted (with different footnotes) in CTL as "Some Remarks on Kafka's Funniness from Which Probably Not Enough Has Been Removed"
  • [x] 1999: "Overlooked: Five Direly Underappreciated U.S. Novels >1960", Salon
  • [x] 1999: "100-word statement", Rolling Stone (retypeset PDF)
  • [x] 2000: "Rhetoric and the Math Melodrama", for Science book review (PDF)
    • [x] 2000: printed (heavily edited) in Science (B/W PDF)
      • [x] 2000: response to letter in response (PDF)
  • 2000: "The Weasel, Twelve Monkeys, and the Shrub", Rolling Stone
    • [x] 2000: reprinted (greatly expanded and with a preface) as Up, Simba!: 7 Days on the Trail of an Anticandidate
      • 2000: reprinted (verbatim) in CTL
        • [x] 2008: reprinted (with a foreword by Jacob Weisberg) as McCain's Promise: Aboard the Straight Talk Express with John McCain and a Whole Bunch of Actual Reporters, Thinking About Hope
  • [x] 1999: "Authority and American Usage[1]" in CTL
  • [x] 2001: "The Best of the Prose Poem", Rain Taxi book review (PDF)
  • [x] 2001: "The View from Mrs. Thompson's", CTL
    • 2001: printed (edited) in Rolling Stone
  • [x] 2003: Everything and More: A Compact History of ∞
  • [x] 2004: "Borges on the Couch", NYT book review (PDF)
  • [xs] 2004: "Word Note" (various), Oxford American Writer's Thesauraus (PDF selection)
  • [x] 2004: "Consider the Lobster", CTL
    • [x] 2004: printed (with slight edits and gruesome details removed) in Gourmet (PDF)
  • [x] 2005: "Kenyon Commencement Address"
    • [x] 2006: reprinted (revised and edited) in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006
      • [x] 2008: reprinted (severely abridged) in Wall Street Journal as "David Foster Wallace on Life and Work"
    • [x] 2009: reprinted as This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life
  • [x] 2005: "Host", CTL
    • [x] 2005: printed (abbreviated and in color) in The Atlantic
  • [x] 2006: "Federer as Religious Experience", NYTM: PLAY (B/W PDF)
  • [x] 2007: "Deciderization 2007 — a Special Report", introduction to The Best American Essays 2007 (reprint PDF)
  • [x] 2007: "Just Asking", The Atlantic
  • [x] 2006-2008: "It All Gets Quite Tricky", Harper's printing private correspondence

Collections[edit]

  • 1997: A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again (ASFTINDA)
  • 2005: Consider The Lobster (CTL)

Notes[edit]

Dates for entries in DFW collections are the dates printed after the piece in the collection. The other dates are publication dates. I'm listing the earliest dates first; when they're the same I list the version in a collection first, with the exception of Up, Simba! since the collected version references its magazine appearance and so obviously was written afterward.

  1. ^ (or, "POLITICS AND THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE" IS REDUNDANT)

(Footnote in original.)