Well, without counting the kid books, I’m 539 pages deep into winter reading after finishing The Pale King. Reading this novel/memoir felt like reading many books at one time. I appreciated the variance across chapters and the depth of discussion through dialogue. Towards the end of the book there’s a 50 page happy hour scene that condenses into a conversation between two people that explores cutting, suicidality, the mental health establishment and other such related topics. During this chapter, one of the characters levitates — no joke. I confess I have not read the included note and asides from DFW that are after the end of the novel, though I’ll hope to visit them at some later point. I think if you do not read the editor’s note about this book before starting this book you may be disappointed in its totality — it is definitely a draft, which is not a criticism — just a reality of the situation. That being said, if you can let that go, and you like DFW, this will bring you as close to him as is Possible now. For this, I am so grateful I randomly plucked this from a free little library. While the IRS is the major theme there is so much more explored in these pages — human relationships, personalities, workplace drama, and the characteristics of the Midwest. This book took me somewhere for a long time and I already miss wherever that was.