Nodding nod to David Foster Wallace

Yesterday, to prep for my interview for Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commission, oblique-like, I napped for two hours by the pool intermittently balancing David Foster Wallace “The Pale King” open-faced on my lap, a super-sized LARGE TYPE varietal, that I plucked from Palo Alto Main intuitively, and moving my eyes and probably my lips over parts of it, a tiny fraction, including 33 and 35 because I picked up somewhere that those were the good parts — not just for all the talk about lips and hard to reach places — but because they had appeared previously — maybe even to me, in another dreamlike state — in The New Yorker and Harpers.

The book was not half as boring as I thought it would be. Nor impregnable, and I am not just saying that because of all the young mothers and mothers-to-be circling with their carriages.

Meanwhile, back at the interview, I had a thesaurus moment when I said the PATC was “pungent.” Did I mean it “stunk”? No, according to Webster’s Third New International, another hernia-inducer, it means “pointy” or I meant pointy. Or: fecund, pregnant, loaded, heavy, ripe, ready. It is the most important and powerful committee, which is what I did not want to say or admit. “Pungent” shares a page with “Punk”, duly noted.

David Foster Wallace was said to love words, and not just deeply but he got around.

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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