04/08/2011 03:56 pm ET Updated Jun 08, 2011

Piecing Together A Posthumous David Foster Wallace Novel

In his office at Little Brown, where he is executive vice president and publisher, Michael Pietsch still has the tower of a manuscript and the handwritten journals and notebooks he carried out of David Foster Wallace's studio, in a duffel and two Trader Joe's bags, after Wallace killed himself in September 2008. Over the course of two years, and with the help of an Excel spreadsheet program, this is the material he turned into the posthumous novel "The Pale King."