Columbia University Press plans to publish David Foster Wallace’s undergraduate thesis, “a brilliant philosophical critique of Richard Taylor’s argument for fatalism.” The book will include contextual essays by other philosophers, and an introduction by James Ryerson, a friend to this site. . . . John Gall unearths some great photographs of models posing for book illustrations. . . . John Self interviews David Mitchell at Asylum: “[M]y ideal would be that, in a blindfold test (shades of the Pepsi Challenge here), prose from two of my books could not be identifiable as having been written by the same person.” . . . I really wanted to attend (and report on) an event last weekend about Robert Walser’s “microscripts,” but couldn’t make it. At the Book Bench, Deirdre Foley-Mendelssohn writes about these “letters from a lost civilization—amazingly archaic, runes of a remarkable mind.” . . . At the Daily Beast, Sarah Weinman talks to Charles Yu, whose forthcoming novel, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, Weinman calls “one of the trippiest and most thoughtful novels I’ve read all year.” . . . James Morrison (aka the Caustic Cover Critic) discusses a few winning (and losing) designs with Flavorwire. . . . Michael Greenberg kicks off a new column at Bookforum with a piece about a bad fever that he mistook for a psychological breakthrough.
Friday May 28th, 2010