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Part 9 of John Billy

Youtube user inspiremindset has posted Chaximist Munneling with a reading of the final section of John Billy from Girl With Curious Hair.
There are a couple of little changes/differences. Improvisation?
[via Wallace-l]

DFW's Best of Prose Poem Review

Chris Forster has a nice little article on his site, When David Foster Wallace Reviewed My Professor, about DFW's Rain Taxi Review from 2001 of The Best of the Prose Poem: An International Journal [via and the Uncollected DFW page].
Chris writes:
But what made reading this review a little uncomfortable was that I feel like I know The Prose Poem: An International Journal pretty well. When I was a student at Providence College, I sat in Peter Johnson’s office literally surrounded by it; copies from the printers were around his entire office in the basement of Philips Memorial Library. As editor and author of the volume, Johnson becomes the object of much of the review’s critique.

Fate, Time, and Language: An Essay on Free Will

I first mentioned this last year, and now the publication date for David Foster Wallace's philosphy thesis (along with supporting materials) is closing in, December 17th 2010. Unfortunately, the cover of the book reveals that the marketing people at CUP are all over this - the thesis is NOT an easy read - you're going to have to put in some work for this one.
That said, I am looking forward to all of the supporting matter because it was very clear when Maureen and I corresponded about this that DFW's thesis is something VERY special.  I find it fascinating that DFW was talented in the field of philosophy as well as fiction and non-fiction.
As much as this literally looks (That cover... really?) like a cash-in type publication, (Blake Butler over at HTMLGIANT had a bit of a rant about it, the comment thread is interesting) it has been in the works for a long time. James Ryerson is on board for the introduction and you can read about the thesis in his article for the New York Times, Consider the Philosopher.
You can pre-order Fate, Time, and Language: An Essay on Free Will at Amazon now.

Moby Dick Group Read

Totally forgot to post about this in the lead up to the birth of our daughter... Daryl L. L. Houston is co-ordinating a group read of Moby Dick over at Infinite Zombies. It's a tight schedule (and you're already behind if this is the first time you have heard about this) but worth it for the efforts and post quality of the team over there. 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 June 2010 20:02

Broom of the System Audio Book

The Broom of the System has been released as an unabridged audiobook read by Robert Petkoff.

NYT and Some Came Running Lipsky Reviews

Ken Kalfus has reviewed David Lipsky's book for The New York Times - Wish You Were Here.
Glenn Kenny is more critical over at Some Came Running. [Previously about Glenn Kenny].
Last Updated on Monday, 07 June 2010 19:38

Circled Words in A Supposedly Fun Thing and Oblivion

Don has continued to map words David Foster Wallace circled in his American Heritage Dictionary [Previously re: IJ] and he's now mapped words to A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again and Oblivion.

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