An Imagined Gchat Between David Foster Wallace And Cormac McCarthy On A Recent Party They Both Attended

David Foster Wallace was an American author of novels, essays and short stories. He is widely known for his novel Infinite Jest, and his final work, The Pale King, was released posthumously in 2011. Cormac McCarthy is an American novelist and playwright. Notable works include The Road, No Country For Old Men, and Blood Meridian. Many of his novels have appeared in “Top 100 Novels of All Time” lists, and he’s received countless awards and accolades. Here’s a Gmail chat I’d imagine the two authors having, although the scenario – during Wallace’s lifetime, would have been completely unlikely.

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  • Emily

    Well played.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jess.hurst1 Jess Hurst

    <3

  • http://omgstephlol.tumblr.com Stephanie Georgopulos

    I LOVE THIS

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1363230138 Michael Koh

    i type this with one hand as i wipe my shirt with a napkin for water has been spilt from laughter

  • RAH!

    Perfection. 

  • Maggie

    yes! bsg you rule.

  • http://brianmcelmurry.blogspot.com/ Brian McElmurry

    Hilarious. Well done!

  • Gary McClelland

    noice

  • michael kramer

    i came in here totally ready to say something cutting and possibly hilarious re: your inability to ape the style of either writer but that was a fucking spot-on dfw impression and cormac was damned good as well.

  • http://miller-david.com david miller

    ‘mono y mono’ instead of ‘mano-a-mano’

    was that intentional?

    seems unlikely, but still: monkey to monkey.

    hell yes.

  • keck

    not enough footnotes. 

  • keck

    not enough footnotes. 

  • http://flavors.me/thebunny Hanners

    I never comment on TC, but jesus, this is the funniest fucking thing I’ve read in months. Bravo

  • http://flavors.me/thebunny Hanners

    I never comment on TC, but jesus, this is the funniest fucking thing I’ve read in months. Bravo

  • a.

    How obtuse would it be to come out and in such a direct way, simply give my approval in such explicit terms as “i thought this was a quite fantastic piece”? 

  • Muertecaramelo

    A beer.

    Everything for a beer at Franzen’s.
    People do strange things when confronted with  bordering situations like… bro, that’s my beer.

    Franzen must be the shittyest host of all times, ha.I laughed and laughed.

  • Guest

    We’re cool bro.

  • http://www.madebyfight.com Justin Spohn

    I think this is probably why there’s an internet at all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Sullivan/1547820183 Chris Sullivan

    Too many commas on the Cormac.  But otherwise quite good.

    • Strange Friend

      Cormac is way overdone as a whole, if you ask me. And BSG’s arbitrary quotation marks bleed into DFW a little too much, too. It’s still better than I could do though.

  • Steve Carlin

    Some no mark internet “writer” thinking he is funny, yawn. 

  • Jadore

    Absolutely brilliant. I salute you.

  • http://twitter.com/nuclearcabbage Nive

    Ruddy brilliant.

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