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03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

David Foster Wallace Excerpt From Unfinished Novel

Once when I was a little boy I received as a gift a toy cement mixer. It was made of wood except for its wheels--axles--which, as I remember, were thin metal rods. I'm ninety per cent sure it was a Christmas gift. I liked it the same way a boy that age likes toy dump trucks, ambulances, tractor-trailers, and whatnot. There are little boys who like trains and little boys who like vehicles--I liked the latter.

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