A New Short Story from David Foster Wallace`

Backbone is a new short story from David Foster Wallace, which will appear in this week’s New Yorker. But, luckily, the good folks at the venerable magazine have made it available in its entirety online.

The story seems to be about a six-year-old boy whose goal is to press his lips to every square inch of his body. I didn’t normally think this happens to young men until the age of 12. But whatevs.

This should hold fans over until Wallace’s final, unfinished novel The Pale King comes out April 15th.

Update: According to Jason Kottke, “Wallace did a reading of it back in 2000; the audio is available here. A comparison of the transcript of that reading and the “finished” version published in the NYer can be found here.”

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