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DFW: the Trading Card, and Other News

February 22, 2013 | by


  • David Foster Wallace: the trading card.
  • While you’re at it: pro-book desktop wallpaper.
  • On bribing librarians, and other ways to discover new books.
  • Speaking of libraries: here is what Auden checked out of the New York Society Library. (How many titles can you decipher?)
  • James Patterson and, oddly enough, the Duchess of Cornwall are teaming up to encourage fathers to read to their children.



    1. Loupy | February 24, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      I thought pornography was about what it was to be a fucking human being.

    2. Frankie | February 24, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      If fiction’s about what it is to be a fucking human being, then how come DFW’s didn’t disappear the moment his heart stopped beating?

    3. Vlad | February 24, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      God, there’s something so inspiring about DFW-related ephemera. You’d almost forget that most of it is for sale.

    4. Buffy | February 24, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      I read the transcript of the interview McCaffery conducted with DFW in which the above quote appears. Condensed for the sake of concision, the true quote reads (omitted material in brackets), “[My] fiction’s about what it is to be a [well-educated, affluent, white] fucking human being.”

    5. Wikipee | February 24, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      I think there’s a “X is about what it means to be fucking X” generator out there. It’s at

    6. Larry | February 24, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      Fiction’s about what it means to be a sincere human being NOT IN THE LEAST INTERESTED IN BEING LIKED at great length, according to DFW.

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