David Foster Wallace’s Undergrad Thesis Is Getting Its Own Book

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It was originally called "Richard Taylor’s ‘Fatalism’ and the Semantics of Physical Modality" but the new, much easier to understand title is Fate, Time and Language: An Essay On Free Will. Hooray if you love discovering new DFW works to scour over, and boo if you think this is some invasion of posthumous privacy which he was super guarded about while alive, anyway. The same goes for his unfinished manuscript The Pale King which comes out sometime later next year and even more so with David Lipsky’s book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace in which Lipsky follows DFW at the end of his Infinite Jest book tour. Even though I suspect it might make Wallace uncomfortable to know there’s a book that documents what he eats in restaurants, it’s supposed to be amazing and I still have to read it, regardless of how I can only guess DFW would feel about it were he alive today. It’s hard to separate your respect for a writer’s wishes – what you think he may have preferred you know or not know – when, like most of his fans, you want to know as much as you can about the man.