David Foster Wallace’s Required Reading

I’m currently deep into reading David Foster Wallace’s “Infinite Jest” and have been spending my a fair chunk of my time away from the book researching Wallace ((Which is my excuse for the slow pace of posts here over the past few weeks)) as well as following along with the corresponding Infinite Summer posts. ((I attempted reading along during Infinite Summer two years ago, but couldn't maintain the pace with my then newborn son)) While reading up on Wallace, I stumbled across a copy of his syllabus from a Literary Interpretation course he taught in the spring of 2005 and decided to compile this list of links to the stories and poems for future reference.

Short Stories



  • Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee
  • The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris (yes, really)
  • Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form by Matthea Harvey
  • What Narcissim Means to Me by Tony Hoagland