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Summer of Jest - Articles and Conversations

Update: It was great fun, and nerve-wracking, and you can listen to it all here.


Join us this Thursday (or Friday in Aus)!

I'm super excited to be part of a conversation with none other than Greg Carlisle (author of Elegant Complexity, and the soon to be released, Nature's Nightmare: Analyzing David Foster Wallace's Oblivion - get an advance copy via the Oblivion Movie Kick Starter) this coming Thursday / Friday.

An Infinite Conversation, with Greg Carlisle & Nick Maniatis. [Thursday, July 11 (July 12 in Australia) 7 pm PDT / 10 pm EDT / 12 noon AEST]

Please join us for the Q&A after, I hope it will be great fun!



I've been following along with the Summer of Jest read of Infinite Jest and heartily enjoying the conversations online. Particularly new readers posting on Facebook and Twitter (#summerofjest) this time around.

In the past week a wonderful article was written in response by Brett Bennett and I encourage all of you to read of, An Infinitely Personal Jest, Or Why I Love Kate Gompert:

It was 4am when I first heard about Infinite Jest. I (a history major), an English major, a philosophy major and an undecided were on our second (or maybe third) cup of coffee and after deconstructing the universe, offering tips for world domination and debating labor strikes, someone happened to ask about our favourite books.

The undecided quit itching for a cigarette long enough to extoll the beauty of a book he was only halfway through but completely smitten. The English major jumped into proclaim it the “Greatest Book Ever Written” and the two of them attempted to explain it, a back and forth comedy routine that stumbled between topics and seemingly unrelated plots and made it sound like both an undesirable mess, yet something incredibly intoxicating.

“I stopped smoking because of it” The English major added...

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Last Updated on Sunday, 21 July 2013 03:07

On the Riddles of David Foster Wallace

Check out Joe Winkler's post over at Joe Talks about DFW's, Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature, from Oblivion: Stories:

One of the stranger, perplexing, yet still highly enjoyable stories by David Foster Wallace is his story, “Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature” from the collection Oblivion. In it, a dutiful son takes care of his mother, driving with her back and forth to her lawyer’s office on the bus. The mother, reaping rewards from a liability suit, elected to get cosmetic surgery which went terribly wrong, twice. She now walks around with a constant face of terrific panic and fear, which understandably, scares those around her. Her son, the narrator of the story, was involved in his own lawsuit with a 9-year old boy who fell through the roof of his space in which he keeps many deadly species of spiders. The boy fell and was killed. Past that, there’s not much narrative in the story. Rather, like much of the rest of Oblivion, it is a story of telling of a story. In the immediate presence of the story, the son and the mother are on the bus, and that’s all that really happens...

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Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 01:25

Quack This Way Cover

Here's the provisional cover for Bryan A. Garner's upcoming publication, Quack This Way: David Foster Wallace & Bryan A. Garner Talk Language and Writing:

via @BryanAGarner

[Previously - Bryan A. Garner's Interview with DFW Due in Summer]

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:16

Oblivion Kickstarter in Jacket Copy

The Kickstarter campaign for the film of David Foster Wallace's OBLIVION by Francesco Marchione made the L.A. Times Book blog, Jacket Copy.

Three literary Kickstarter projects that aren't offensive by Carolyn Kellogg.

[...] a 25-minute film adaptation of the story "Oblivion" by David Foster Wallace. Director Francesco Marchione secured rights from the David Foster Wallace Literary Trust and publisher Little, Brown to make his version of the script. As far as I know, this is the first film project based on Wallace's work since John Krasinski made "Brief Interviews With Hideous Men" -- at least, it's the one that's gotten closest to production.


Oh, you can keep a statistical eye on the Oblivion kickstarter project via Kicktraq.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 June 2013 18:18

Oblivion Film Kickstarter Live

The Kickstarter drive for the film of David Foster Wallace's OBLIVION by Francesco Marchione is now live!

Watch the video to get a feel for how just much work has already been done in pre-production. They're well on the way to making this film, now they need our help to get it done.

Also exciting is that some of the funding levels are for advanced copies of Greg Carlisle's (author of Elegant Complexity) upcoming book about Oblivion, Nature's Nightmare Analyzing: David Foster Wallace's Oblivion!

David Foster Wallace's OBLIVION on Kickstarter.




Oblivion Teaser Poster

Here's the teaser poster for the Oblivion movie :

Twitter: @dfwOBLIVIONfilm Facebook: David Foster Wallace's Oblivion

Kickstarter: Soon...


Oblivion Movie?

A film version of Oblivion (The short story)? Looks like it!

One of my favourite David Foster Wallace stories. Could it work? From what I've heard it's in great hands...

Twitter: @dfwOBLIVIONfilm

Facebook: David Foster Wallace's Oblivion

Instagram: Promo poster

Kickstarter: TBA...

More as soon as I know.


Last Updated on Monday, 03 June 2013 19:29
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