David Foster Wallace on Tax Policy, How to Be an Adult, and Other Mysteries of the Universe
22 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2015 Last revised: 30 Apr 2015
Date Written: 2015
As one of the most highly acclaimed fiction writers of his generation, David Foster Wallace had many things to say on a seemingly endless variety of topics. In his last work, the unfinished novel The Pale King, he chose to elaborate on, of all things, tax policy and tax administration. Wallace directed tax topics at one of the novel’s main themes: true adulthood often involves overcoming boredom in the workplace to derive a sense of community and care for others. In a sense, the book serves as a guide on how to become a reasonably happy and fulfilled adult. This Essay integrates archival research from the Collected Works of David Foster Wallace at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
Keywords: David Foster Wallace, tax law, tax policy, law and literature
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