David Foster Wallace’s Undergrad Thesis Becomes a Book


Exciting news for David Foster Wallace fans who can’t wait for The Pale King (which, last we heard, is due out in April of next year). In January 2011, Columbia University Press will publish an adaptation of DFW’s undergraduate philosophy thesis, “Richard Taylor’s ‘Fatalism’ and the Semantics of Physical Modality,” which he wrote as a student at Amherst. Judging by the work’s original title and the new, more “consumer-friendly” version Fate, Time, and Language: An Essay on Free Will, this is something that is guaranteed to make your brain hurt.

A few additional details, courtesy of GalleyCat: “The book will reproduce the Taylor essay, as well as a few other works to which Wallace refers. And it will have a companion website, http://www.davidfosterwallace-fate-time-language.net, which will include interviews with both philosophers and fans.”