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July 29, 2014
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The Apotheosis of DFW: David Foster Wallace and The Pale King

May 28, 2014
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Originally published on writershub.co.uk (06/11) So, the furore has died down now. Almost. A search on Google News no longer brings up a tornadic swirl of new reviews of David Foster Wallace’s posthumous novel The Pale King, as was the case almost daily for a month after its publication in April. For several weeks, the story of […]

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Excerpt from a novel – Decadence

August 7, 2010
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4.35am The May Fair Hotel. …and I am trying to work out why there is a painting, an old master, a facsimile, stuck to ceiling above the bed. It is out of sorts with the minimalist white sheets and blinds; the frosted glass and dark wood of the bathroom. And then he knocks on the […]

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Novel extract – Paul

August 2, 2010
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I looked at him, at his sensible walking shoes, his concerned broadsheet newspaper, his neat haircut, his too-clear complexion – the results, no doubt, of hours spent in men’s grooming salons and the application of expensive products – and I felt something approaching pity, which is of course only a paper-thin wall away from hatred. I […]

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Excerpt from a novel – New York

July 26, 2010
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When I stepped out of the hotel on the newly-gentrified Bowery and out into the street, I felt as though I had been plucked from the safety of my bed and deposited somewhere in the middle of a raging sea. Size and geometrical precision threatened. It was as though the city were a neatly arranged […]

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Excerpt from a novel – Ibiza

July 26, 2010
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4.45pm Sunday. Ibiza. I guess some people are just built to let others down. Somewhere in the middle of the swimming pool, insufficient buoyancy means that, every couple of minutes, cold chlorinated water seeps past the back of my head. It’s not altogether unpleasant. I can see surfaces and they are all white, except for […]

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