David Foster Wallace and Boredom

24 03 2009

David Foster Wallace, who committed suicide this past September, was stuck on the subject of his new novel, which was ten years in the making.  It seems he was trying to create a new reality, one where people should be  “conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience.”  The novel, “The Pale King”, revolve around how his characters, IRS agents working in a Midwestern office, attempt to overcome the “intense tediousness” of their jobs.  In a word, boredom.  An in depth and engrossing read can be found here in the New Yorker.

Today I read a post on Jonah Lehrer’s blog that dissects the neurological implications of boredom.  Its fascinating to read these two side by side and to see how Wallace was really onto something.  Its beyond sad that he wasn’t able to read these reports (who knows, maybe he did?) and be able to utilize it for his work.   It seems that if you attempt to describe a new reality with a new type of literature and go off your meds, well, your head breaks.

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4 10 2015
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I have fun with, lead to I found just what I was
having a look for. You’ve ended my four day long hunt! God Bless
you man. Have a great day. Bye

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