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The closest I can get to DFW14 is here at my pc monitoring twitter and social media...

I hope #DFW14 twitter sees a little more activity before I fall asleep. 1:37am here.

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 May 2014 02:38

DFW Conference - Reports Wanted

I know quite a few of you are attending the Illinois State University David Foster Wallace Conference this coming Friday, it's shaping up to be a fantastic day.

If you are attending and would like to report on any of the sessions you attend I'd love to reproduce them here for readers that are not able to be there. (You'll get full credit, of course).

Contact me here, either with a short report, or for more info and an email address to send your session reports to. Photos most welcome too!

Enjoy the conference!



Available Now - DFW: In His Own Words

Available now! David Foster Wallace: In His Own Words.

Here's a 6 minute preview over at SoundCloud  - The View from Mrs Thompson's.

Collected here for the first time are the stories and speeches of David Foster Wallace as read by the author himself. Over the course of his career, David Foster Wallace recorded a variety of his work in diverse circumstances - from studio recordings to live performances - that are finally compiled in this unique collection. Some of the pieces collected here are: "Another Pioneer," recorded at The University of Arizona Poetry Center; stories from BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN and CONSIDER THE LOBSTER recorded in the studio; and the unforgettable "This Is Water," his 2005 commencement address given at Kenyon College. Also included are two interviews and a 2005 conversation with Rick Moody at Herbst Theater in San Francisco.

This collection has a a special introduction written and read by acclaimed writer and editor John Jeremiah Sullivan. For fans of David Foster Wallace who have read everything he ever wrote as well as those looking to familiarize themselves with his work, David Foster Wallace: In His Own Words is a special, unique collection unavailable anywhere else.

Purchase Now at Amazon - David Foster Wallace: In His Own Words . Audio CD and digital download.


Due later this year:

June 19 - Gesturing Toward Reality: David Foster Wallace and Philosophy - Edited by Robert K. Bolger and Scott Korb.

June 24 - On Tennis: Five Essays. Electronic book and Audiobook.

July 17 - David Foster Wallace and "The Long Thing": New Essays on the Novels -  Edited by Marshall Boswell.

November 11 - The David Foster Wallace Reader. (Amazon) Hardcover book, Electronic book, Audiobook.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 20:21

Unpublished Wallace Story Donated to the Ransom Center

Except... it's an earlier version of, "Yet Another Example of the Porousness of Certain Borders (XXIV)" [Thanks @mattbucher and @DHSayer and others who read the piece closely first!].

Via the Cultural Compass blog from the Harry Ransom Center, Unpublished David Foster Wallace story donated to the Ransom Center:

The Ransom Center’s extensive David Foster Wallace collection was recently enriched by a donation of the original manuscript of a little-known, unpublished story, titled “Shorn.” Wallace wrote the two-page story, about a boy having his hair cut by his mother, while a graduate student at the University of Arizona. The manuscript was donated by Karen Green, who was married to Wallace and now heads the David Foster Wallace Literary Trust.


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Last Updated on Saturday, 17 May 2014 16:57

Untitled David Foster Wallace Book 3

This may well be a false start like the Uncollected Fiction Update back in 2013 [previously]... but this can now be found over at the Hachette Book Group website here:

Untitled David Foster Wallace Book 3

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Price: $27.99 US
Pages: 432
Physical Dimensions: 6" x 9-1/4"
ISBN-13: 9780316188982
On Sale Date: 12/01/2014

The page count of 432 matches the page count of the Uncollected Fiction Update last year... so who knows?

[Thanks, Dan]


People Lie About Reading Infinite Jest?

Imagine trying to maintain a lie about reading Infinite Jest!

Most authors made their career choice early — the average age was 16, with only one respondent deciding to be a writer after 50. And there were many books assigned in school that caught their imagination, including "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Catch-22." In terms of the canon, 81% of respondents claimed they'd read "Pride and Prejudice" and 73% "Moby-Dick" — but only 29% had taken on David Foster Wallace's "Infinite Jest." (However, 40% admitted that they'd lied about reading "Infinite Jest." Even authors experience peer pressure.)

Read more Via And the L.A. Times Festival of Books writers' survey says ... from the Los Angeles Times


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