David Foster Wallace Grammar Exercise

By Jason Boog Comment

wallace.jpgToday the literary folks at HTML Giant launched an informal grammar contest based on David Foster Wallace’s work– publishing an actual worksheet from a nonfiction workshop taught by the obsessive author.

Here’s an excerpt from the post: “What follows is the complete text of a worksheet from his class … I’ll post the answers once it seems as if nobody is trying anymore. Don’t worry if someone else posts their answers first; they may not be right! Not as easy as it may first look. All sentences have one crucial error in punctuation, usage, or grammar.”

The contest part has ended–the answers are provided in the blog’s comments section–but it is still a fun exercise. In addition to writing the massive novel, Infinite Jest, Wallace also wrote an impressive, inspiring body of nonfiction essays. He died last year. (Via The Rumpus)