What a punk.
Imagine you’d just started your job as a baby literary agent and this letter landed on your desk. What would you think, seeing that Europeanized date, the mention of the double summa? And then you got to that most arrogant of unassuming pitch sentences: “I’ve been advised by people who seem to be in a position to know that ‘The Broom of the System’ is not only entertaining and salable but genuinely good, especially for”—attention: lovely possessive modifying gerund ahead!—“its being the first major project of a very young writer.” Next the letter denigrates the flavors of the month with parentheses while simultaneously showing casual knowledge of them: “(though no younger than some—Ellis, Leavitt—whose fiction has done well partly because of readers’ understandable interest in new, young writing).” Thanks for explaining our job to us, David Foster Wallace (handsome three-part signature already in place). What would you do?