Also Included in this archive is a 2-page typescript of an unpublished short story "Shorn," written during Wallace's time at Arizona. In June of 2013, Sotheby’s sold an earlier archive of Wallace’s letters discussing the publication of The Broom of the System, and in December of 2013 a later collection which chronicled the decade preceding the author’s death.
9 June 1987: “God I must come off like a prick if people actually think I’m going to be mad about typos in a fucking letter. I shudder at the pomposity I must project. Do not sweat typos in letters. In fact don’t sweat them at all; even the idea of a “typographical error” functions off the (timeless, dude) disparity and disproportion between expectations&ambitions and achievements -- it’s called being human. As in, “I’m only human.” Which is less modern than just Christian.
9 June 1987: “Pynchon is cool. I’m bummed at the thought that my stuff seems to focus on idea rather than character. I think that the former must be a subset of the latter, that Pynchon at his best pulls off the subsumption, and wish both to do the same and never again hear about his being an “influence” on me. Wait till you do something you’re pretty happy with and then hear it mentioned only w/r/t another writer you could not hope or ever want to equal, or resemble, and feel what I feel.”
20 September 1987: “I’ve not written since I left Yaddo. I picked up a bit of a drinking problem there, and am currently grappling […] Paris Review finally bought “Little Exp. Animals,” which made Viking pretty happy. At this point I don’t really care.
23 April 1990: “It is very hard for me gettin clean. I was getting high soon after I moved here. By November my roommate had forced me into a drug/alcohol rehab. I’d been in school only 2 months, Rehab all but forced me into a halfway house, where I’ve been living since Thanksgiving. I will have 6 months next week […] I mostly read and work shit jobs and go to AA meetings, I am a broken man at 28. Poor me.
17 April 1996: I’M OK. WAY MORE FUSS ABOUT THIS BOOK THAN I’D ANTICIPATED. ABOUT 26% OF FUSS IS WELCOME. AS YOU SAID YEARS AGO, ‘YUPPIES READ.’ THE TOUR IS TAPERING OFF -- I HAVE TO GO ON LIKE 4 MORE LITTLE TRIPS AND THEN IT’S DONE.
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