Read a New David Foster Wallace Short Story — Right Now!

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Guess what, bookworms? There’s a new David Foster Wallace short story in The New Yorker this week! But don’t worry about leaving the comfort of your home or workplace to grab a copy ASAP, because the magazine has generously posted the full text of “Backbone” online, paywall-free — although we’re sure completists will want to shell out for a hard copy, too. The story is about (nominally, at least) a six-year-old boy whose “goal was to be able to press his lips to every square inch of his own body.” Hey, sure. Sounds like DFW to us. This should tide us over until Wallace’s final, unfinished novel The Pale King comes out April 15th. [via Jacket Copy]