Excerpt from “The Broom of the System,” and Comments on Vanity

Here are a few words on vanity from pages 22-23 of David Foster Wallace’s The Broom of the System – a novel that developed from one of his undergrad theses: “A story, please.” “You want a story.” “Please.” “Did get a rather interesting one today.” “Go for it.” “Depressing, though.” “I want to hear it.” “Concerned a man… More Excerpt from “The Broom of the System,” and Comments on Vanity

I started reading some David Foster Wallace the other day – a book of short stories. I finished the first story. It was good, but I don’t know how to bring it up in conversation. Outside, the trees do not have leaves. I only counted three clouds in the sky. A dog barked this morning.… More Some Sort of Pine – A short story