Steven Moore’s essay on the first-draft version of Infinite Jest, which was posted here in May 2003, is now available in book form, along with Steve’s other writings on Wallace, in his new collection, My Back Pages: Reviews and Essays.
David Foster Wallace News and Resources Since March 97
The third of a few posts celebrating 20 years of The Howling Fantods.
By the end of 2000 I had set up a message board system for readers using the free ezboard system. I think I even paid for them to have a few more features... and then in 2005 ezboard, and all the forums that went with it, were hacked and lost (Bulletin Board Hoster Loses Postings in Hacker Attack). I was shattered. So were many of the regular contributors.
At the time they were unrecoverable and I decided I'd never host anything like that myself again.
But as it turns out, The Internet Archive was scraping the pages all along. A few years ago I found bits and pieces. Earlier this year I had another look and it appeared more content was available.
They're not perfect, many threads weren't scraped, but you can browse the titles, and view some of the discussions. For some of us there are some amazing memories buried in here.
(You'll find if you jump to different snapshots in The Wayback Machine interface you can access different content.)
The second of a few posts celebrating 20 years of The Howling Fantods.
In 2001 I was still hosting at Geocities, but I'd made things look a little nicer and had taught myself to use html tables for the sidebar. It looked a little better. Just a little.
The first of a few posts 'celebrating' 20 years of The Howling Fantods.
Check out The Wayback Machine's earliest scrape of my website. This one is the Jan 1999 Wayback capture (it looked even worse earlier than this!) - how on earth did I think this was palatable?
I was hosting on Geocities at the time (it was free and I was poor) anyone remember the address?http://www.geocities.com/athens/acropolis/8175/dfw.htm
Athens and Acropolis were nods to culture and my Greek heritage (and I think the areas 'literature' sites were supposed to be hosted) and the 75 in 8175 was for the year I was born.
So it's March 1st here in Australia which means it's now 20 years that I've been updating The Howling Fantods. I've never been one to celebrate big occasions, but it feels like I should at least acknowledge the moment.
Thanks to everyone out there for reading, promoting, supporting and sending me stuff. Special thanks to guest posters and every single person I've met that has thanked me for doing this. Thanks also to my family - I know there are times when The Howling Fantods has taken up an almost unhealthy proportion of my time.
Do you have a memory about reading this site (no matter how small) that you'd like to share? Hit up the comments below or share it with me here.
I've got some things I'll be revisiting over the next month. I hope you can join me.
The Wallace criticism publications keep rolling in! Big thanks to Lucas Thompson and Bloomsbury for my copy of Global Wallace: David Foster Wallace and World Literature. I can't wait to get stuck into it, the table of contents looks incredible. A very interesting direction in Wallace studies.
|The Broom of the System|
|Girl with Curious Hair|
|Supposedly Fun Thing|
|Everything and More|
|Consider the Lobster|
|This is Water|
|The Pale King|
|Both Flesh and Not|
|New to DFW?|
|Interviews and Audio|
|The B.I. Project|