Category Archives: Wallace (David Foster)

To Enjoy Reading Is To Enjoy Instruction

David Foster Wallace, like Plato, Horace, and Sidney before him, wrestles with the dichotomy between reading for enjoyment and reading for instruction. But what if this is a false dichotomy.

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Attn: English Majors–Business Needs You

Increasingly businesses are discovering that they need employees who have majored in English and the humanities.

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Tennis Playing–and Writing–at Its Finest

David Foster Wallace’s ode to Roger Federer comes the closest to capturing his beautiful game.

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