Harper’s Makes David Foster Wallace Stories Available Online

Travel Blog  •  Jim Benning  •  09.15.08 | 2:15 PM ET

Classy move, Harper’s. Here’s the list. Our favorite, “Shipping Out,” is here. It’s about Wallace’s experience on a Celebrity Cruises voyage in the Caribbean. Among the writer’s post-cruise observations, sure to put a knowing smile on the face of anyone who’s ever taken such a cruise: “I now know the precise mixological difference between a Slippery Nipple and a Fuzzy Navel”; “I have met Cruise Staff with the monikers ‘Mojo Mike,’ ‘Cocopuff,’ and ‘Dave the Bingo Boy”; “I have dickered over trinkets with malnourished children”; and “I have learned what it is to become afraid of one’s own cabin toilet.”

3 Comments for Harper’s Makes David Foster Wallace Stories Available Online

Barbara Benham 09.15.08 | 4:32 PM ET

Ooh, thanks. When I tried this weekend, they were archived and only for subscribers.

TambourineMan 09.15.08 | 4:50 PM ET

Excellent. Thank you, Harper’s. I’ve been trying to pass this one along for years, but all I’ve got is barely legible photo copy, courtesy of Senor Yessis.

kia gardner 09.16.08 | 10:40 PM ET

Thanks so much for this info.  I’ve been trying to download “Shipping Out” from Harper’s site but I can’t get it to go. Any idea as to why?

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