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Next, Time Magazine's book critic Lev Grossman remembers David Foster Wallace, and we present another interview with Wallace in 1996, right after Infinite Jest was published. Michael Pietsch was Wallace's editor at Little, Brown starting in the 90s and is currently at work editing the unfinished novel The Pale King. Pietsch has given us exclusive rights to a passage from the novel, which is read by Chicago actress Carrie Coon.
And finally, one of David Foster Wallace's most popular essays is A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, which ran originally in Harper's Magazine. In 1997 he read a bit of the article for us, and talked with Steve Paulson about it. Also we have an excerpt from the commencement speech David Foster Wallace gave at Kenyon College in 2005. It was eventually published under the title This is Water. [Broadcast Date: August 26, 2009]