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David Lipsky's DFW Bio

I've been lucky enough to receive a galley of David Lipsky's Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace - I am stunned at the content. 300 pages of transcripts from 5 days of recorded conversations spent on the road with DFW on the last leg of his IJ tour. David lipsky inserts asides, thoughts, responses, and questions in a way that would not have been possible in the original piece for which this all took place.

I can't wait to get home and keep reading. It is personal, and real, and moving - and best of all - it is David Foster Wallace speaking about David Foster Wallace.

I am so sad he is gone.

(Pre-order from Amazon)

Responding to redsock's comment below: It isn't simply a straight transcription of the tapes - it's better than that. There's a neat introductory piece, and David Lipsky's thoughts and observations appear throughout the text without disrupting the conversations.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 February 2010 07:33  


#1 redsock 2010-02-07 05:17
this sounds EXACTLY like what i had hoped would be published -- a straight transcription of the tapes. you lucky bastard! april cannot come fast enough.
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#2 redsock 2010-02-09 10:41
I gotcha. I would have been over the moon with a basic transcription, but having DFW's words with extra explanatory stuff throughout is even better. ... I notice you did not dispute the "lucky bastard" part! :>)
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#3 The Howling Fantods 2010-02-09 14:34
True. Wouldn't even attempt to dispute that one!
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#4 lileprechaun2 2010-02-20 22:28
I absolutely cannot wait for this. I've already pre-ordered. Is there any way you could give us a little bit extra to salivate over? Maybe a few quotes or details... Thank god Lipsky tape recorded it and kept the tapes. He deserves a medal.
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#5 patrickcroberts 2010-02-27 04:18
A friend who works at a big magazine got an advanced copy and sent it my way. Really great stuff. I won't give away any specific details but will say a few things:
-It really feels like you are listening in on their conversation.
-It's fun to see DFW relax into things as they spend more time together.
-Their talks about pop culture (music, movies, etc.) are funny and smart and a blast to read.
-I agree with Nick, it is really heartbreaking that he is gone.
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