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December Coastal Update

Finally made it to a computer! Christmas hols down on Australia's south coast of NSW has been keeping me busy. I've been tweeting bits and pieces if you've been keeping an eye on the sidebar or twitter, otherwise here's a collection of unsorted DFW pieces to keep you reading over the break - and while I'm updating less frequently.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 December 2012 17:28  


#1 Serrano 2013-01-03 07:16
I replied to Max's NYer blog in the website, but it's somehow being suppressed. Though I've only been a Wallace fan for a decade, I feel that my comments are entitled and deserve consideration, if only to start a conversation, testing my views against others. I bought and read the bio, which should qualify me to the following opinion I tried to post on his blog: W’s bio’s still premature. The reserved accounts from his mom, dad, sis, wife (reserved likely for the sake of privacy) shouldn’t inspire such confidence in a bio. Too, mining the fiction for nonfiction material, as W resented in l’Borges bio, IS a misuse of its genre, a shared habit with those convinced that Shakespeare’s work isn’t Shakespeare’s work. So: prematurity or let the genre alone? Never the latter. The former only has commercial justification
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#2 Nick Maniatis 2013-01-05 12:38
Was the comment directly related to the post? If not that's one reason it may not have made the cut.
Regardless, feel free to discuss away here, though I do disagree with you. Mostly because of the interactions I've had with D.T. Max, researchers, fact-checkers, and others that contributed to the information in the bio. I do know the bio was fact checked by multiple people from multiple perspectives.
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#3 Nick Maniatis 2013-01-05 12:38
One thing I still find terribly interesting about Wallace is the blurring of fiction and non-fiction in his 'fiction' and 'non-fiction' work. (It's one of the reasons I enjoyed The Pale King so much).

I didn't see the bio as mining the fiction for non-fiction. Max didn't discover these things in the fiction first, they were found in the research, interviews, recounts, letters etc. I'm not uncomfortable with this at all. Some of the similarities were certainly worth mentioning because they gave me a window into Wallace's writing process; the stuff I found most interesting in the bio.
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