David Foster Wallace News and Resources Since March 97
The lovely people over at the Sonora Review have let me know you can now pre-order the DFW Tribute issue using paypal. Pre-order here.
Re: The Whiskey Island DFW Interview I posted yesterday. I've been sent a number of .pdf conversions (thanks everyone), and I've added a 12mb .pdf which is easy to read, but not searchable. Once again, The Whiskey Island Magazine interview was conducted by Hugh Kennedy and Geoffrey Polk and printed in the Spring 1993 edition of the Whiskey Island Magazine. It is made available with the magazine's permission.
Grab the pdf here (12mb .pdf)
(Welcome kottke.org readers. Cheers for the link, Jason!)
Sonora Review DFW Tribute - Double Issue:
Do not miss getting your hands on the Sonoroa review double issue and DFW tribute. It looks like it is going to be fantastic, particularly when you look at the list of contributors!
You can let them know if you'd like a copy and find more exciting info here: Sonora Review: The Blog
Update: Pre-order using paypal now.
24 page DFW Tribute in Modernism/modernity:
Modernism/modernity - Volume 16, Number 1, January 2009 , has what I understand to be a wonderful tribute to DFW from Steven Moore,Dave Eggers, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Marshall Boswell, Michael North, Stephen J. Burn and Brendan Beirne.
Tim Ware's Infinite Jest Wiki:
Tim has finally developed his list of IJ characters that has been floating around for ages into a full blown Infinite Jest wiki and it is awesome. I am still sad that the wiki we started here got destroyed in a hosting issue before it went live. Some of the contributors added some great stuff before it all got corrupted... more incentive to make Tim's even better.
An amazing new/old DFW interview from 1993!
The story begins in Jan this year when a reader (thanks, Jordan!) discovered an interview with DFW in the Whiskey Island Magazine 1993 Spring Issue.
The interview is a rare, honest, and very candid gem. Wait until you see how DFW responds to a question about 'what he is trying to do' with his writing. I wish I'd read this years ago.
I managed to get in touch with the current editor and gained permission to post the scans of the interview (Thanks, Megan!) as long as we acknowledge the authors and link back to the Whiskey Island Magazine website. Easy:
The Whiskey Island Magazine interview was conducted by Hugh Kennedy and Geoffrey Polk and printed in the Spring 1993 edition of the Whiskey Island Magazine. It is made available with the magazine's permission.
Visit Whiskey Island Magazine here:
Update: New Format
Download the .pdf here: 1993 Whiskey Island Magazine DFW Interview. (Approx 12mb .zip of .jpg scans)
Small (36kb) .pdf here: Small 1993 Whiskey Island Magazine DFW Interview.
(BTW: I'm a pdf noob. If anyone knows how to OCR and pdf format these I'd love to know)
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Thought I'd post this in full:
Seafar posted a comment/review in the previous news post about the BIWHM movie,
I saw BRIEF INTERVIEWS at Sundance. As a fan of both DFW, and this site, thought I'd add a quick opinion on the film....I've never seen the U.S. version of The Office, but Krasinski doesn't have the chops as either a filmmaker, nor an actor, for this kind of material. Not yet anyway. The film simply doesn't find a way to intersect formally/structurally with the source material. And I really wanted it to be good, great even. What was interesting to me was how much difficultly the actors had with the monologues (most of the performances just didn't find that sweet spot). Interesting because DFW's writing reads so spot-on re: vernacular, slang, colloquial syntax....yet, apparently, its hard to act. A caution for future adaptations. There are some good moments, and its not a disaster, but just doesn't cohere.
Thanks, seafar. This is exactly the kind of commentary DFW readers are looking for.
I find it interesting that seafar mentions the difficulty actors had with the monlogues. It will be interesting to compare the film with the quality of the performances in George Carr's wonderful (audio only) Brief Interviews Project.
Maybe it's just that we can see the men? George concludes his B.I. Project intro with:
The text was adapted into a stage play shortly after their publication, and adapted again into a screenplay that's filming in 2007. But for me, the Interviews would be spoiled by visual images: I read them on the page, and hear a 'voice' in the aether. These recordings are what I believe Brief Interviews With Hideous Men were really destined for. Now available for your listening pleasure and consideration.
More interviews, reviews and articles about the BIWHM movie:
Sundance Dispatch: Brief Interviews With Divas and Directors - The Carpet Bagger: New York Times Movies
Defamer - John Krasinski Is A Hideous Man
NY Metro - Krasinski is one of the ‘Hideous Men’
Cinematical Review - Sundance Review: Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (negative review)
Cinematical Interview - Sundance Interview: John Krasinski, Writer/Director/Actor, 'Brief Interviews With Hideous Men' - 11 minutes of audio.
MovieMaker -John Bailey Holds Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (The Cinematographer of BIWM)
Heeb Magazine - Interview
Canoe.ca - Jam Showbiz - Interview
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