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April 9, 2011 10:15 PM

Book review | Wallace’s ‘Pale King’ is a challenging examination of boredom

David Foster Wallace, who was working on “The Pale King” when he committed suicide in 2008, had a well-honed sense of humor about the novelist’s place in a country that has stopped reading, and it’s hard not to view this big, eccentric, difficult work as an act of literary mischief and defiance.

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