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Calling Reader Questions for David Lipsky

Update: I've received a couple of questions via email and there are a couple in the comments. So I'll give you all one more week to submit yor questions.
I'm now assuming that all of you who wanted to read David Lipsky's road-trip/biography of David Foster Wallace, Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, have done so.  It's time for the next part of the journey.
When David Lipsky and I were working on the Howling Fantods Q&A we agreed to allow Howling Fantods readers to ask some questions too. I thought it would be more interesting to take questions after everyone had read the book. So here we are.
Let's try to cover new ground, so make sure you read the Howling Fantods Q&A , The American Fiction Notes Q&A , and the wallace-l Interview before you propose your question.
I'll put the best 10 or so questions to David Lipsky and we'll see how it goes.
Post your question in the comments section below (or via the contact us link).
I'll close comments in about a week and give a warning with a couple of days to go.
Last Updated on Monday, 06 September 2010 18:43  


#1 brian 2010-08-21 04:15
I really enjoyed the roadtrip/biography. Although it's been months since I read it, I was curious about their (i.e. DFW and DL) relationship subsequent to the interview. I recall DFW saying that he looked forward to following DL's career. Did they stay in touch? Also, given DFW's awareness of pop culture, do you think he was disappointed that the Rolling Stone interview was never published? Thanks DL for putting this work together!
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#2 ryanblanck 2010-08-25 22:01
I brought up this idea as I was blogging my way through AOCYEUBY, but I'd be interested to get David's opinion. The book is extremely unique in terms of style, structure, and format in that it is biographical/autobiographica l but in a very unconventional way. I am wondering if he thinks that a book of this style (transcripted interview) could/will ever be written again, and if Lipsky himself had the chance to write another book like this, whom would he choose for the subject?
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#3 High Popalorum 2010-09-06 22:45
I was wondering if Mr. Lipsky might have anything to add regarding DFW and homophobia. Beyond Wallace's quip to hotel and airport clerks and the brief exchange that ensued when questioned, did Wallace display a fear of homosexuality or of being perceived to be gay?
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#4 brian 2010-09-10 10:42
I have a hard time putting thoughts into words (which is why I admire writers). So, forgive me if I stumble through this question of sorts. Revisiting the book tonight after several glasses of wine and beer, I wanted to ask Mr. Lipsky about the book cover itself. Mainly, the relationship between the front cover and the back cover. There is a certain contrast (perhaps irony or something else) between "becoming yourself" (front cover) and "loving yourself" (back cover). I mean, love generally implies knowing and accepting. What I'm asking is:
A) Do you think DFW ever really "became" himself?
B) Aside from being great and profound, did the two quotes selected for the front and back cover have a larger significance, or was it more for marketing purposes?

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