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In his classic essay "Consider the Lobster," acclaimed writer David Foster Wallace asked, "Is it all right to boil a sentient creature alive just for our gustatory pleasure?" The answer should be a resounding "no" ("Inside the Beltway," May 31).
The editor charged with assembling a posthumous essay collection of David Foster Wallace's work must have been in the same bind as the home cook preparing a salad out of leftovers. While "Both Flesh and Not" contains some of the author's best work, readers will encounter items better left in the fridge.
Author Jennifer Gilmore is reading a biography of the late David Foster Wallace. She's curious about his most famous book, the novel "Infinite Jest," and wants to poke around on the Internet to learn more.
The late Manning Marable won the Pulitzer Prize for history Monday, for a Malcolm X book he worked on for decades but did not live to see published.
The late Manning Marable won the Pulitzer Prize for history Monday, honored for a Malcolm X book he worked on for decades but did not live to see published. For the first time in 35 years, no fiction prize was given.
The promotion of posthumous work is a time-honored tradition in commercial media. We have seen it from musical artists such as Johnny Cash and Tupac Shakur, and we have seen it likewise from the estates of dozens of prematurely deceased authors, including Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sylvia Plath. Now, David Foster Wallace gets the posthumous treatment.