Sep 11, 2012 @ 12:01:00 am
To coincide with the release of his David Foster Wallace biography, Every Love Story is a Ghost Story, author D.T. Max is blogging for the New Yorker about the best DFW documents he unearthed while researching the book. A recent post, on a pointedly arrogant pitch letter that a 23-year-old Wallace sent cold to a literary agency, is especially good. Despite lying about his publication history and having Marilynne Robinson as his thesis advisor (“I’m at a bit of a loss about this. I never met David Wallace, and I was not his thesis advisor”) the young Mr. Wallace not only managed to land an agent, but also sold his novel The Broom of the System to Penguin for twenty grand.
Former Harper's editor Roger Hodge has been appointed the new editor of The Oxford American.
Zadie Smith profiled him for the Times’ style
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