December 1st, 2010 / 1:40 pm
Behind the Scenes

Michael Pietsch’s Editor Letter to Wallace Re: Infinite Jest


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  1. Igor

      I gasped at the suggested cut of the MASH story. Interesting.

  2. Ken Baumann

      Thanks for posting this.

  3. Janey Smith

      This kind of stuff really fascinates me.

  4. michael


  5. Sean

      What are the hand-written comments in margins? Are they DFW?

  6. EC Groom

      Geez…I’m gonna have to read this TWICE?! UGH.

  7. Becky

      Is this a wiki-leak ?

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  9. Becky

      I think I misspelled Wikileaks. Isn’t anyone else curious how Butler got this letter? Or is this information somewhere on the site and I just can’t find it ? It’s incredibly helpful to me because I just finished reading IJ for the first time and realized I needed to re-read it for the reasons that Pietsch cites….

  10. Trey

      it links to a tumblr. I don’t think Blake runs that tumblr. no idea how the person who originally posted them got them though, but it might be somewhere on the original site.

  11. RyanPard

      It’s from the DFW archive in texas.

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