David Foster Wallace News and Resources Since March 97
(Well... tomorrow US time)
Good luck to all the fantods readers joining the IJ mega-read, Infinite Summer. (Thanks for the links too!) I don't think there's much of an excuse to make for not reading it now... I'll be following along too, I think mostly to experience that first read through all the first time readers.
Some cool resources/links posted around the traps for the read:
Michael's Infinite Summer Bookmarks
The Infinite Zombies are going to blog the read (which fits in with my plan of reading about reading IJ)
Interesting article over at the New York Observer about two DFW biographies in the works, Dueling Foster Wallace: Two Bios Hit Market, One Sold. One from D. T. Max (The Unfinished) and the other by David Lipsky (The Lost Years & Last Days of David Foster Wallace ).
Interestingly, the D. T. Max one has been sold and the Lipsky one has not. Personally I'm in great anticipation of both of them, but I am surprised Lipsky's has not yet been sold. Particularly when considering the quality, depth, and empathy of his Rolling Stone piece linked above.
I hope they both get published, there's no doubt D. T. Max and Lipsky will present very different perspectives.
The Oregon Voice 20th Anniversary Issue is now out and available as a pdf (17mb). It is an interview issue and includes a 1998 DFW interview on page 14.
The Mary Gaitskill thing... I'm pretty sure that is in reference to something I posted on the Fantods in the early days (it was about a forthcoming collection of writing I think). This interview brings back the shame of writing first and checking facts later. The quote in this interview about the Gaitskill thing is also one of the reasons I never wrote to DFW. I still remember reading DFW's answer all those years ago and feeling the horror wash over me... sigh.
If you need any more convincing check out Matt Bucher's fantastic essay Why Read Infinite Jest? over at the Infinite Summer blog. (Hi, Matt. Great stuff!)
My copy of the Sonora Review double issue 55/56 with the DFW tribute section arrived today (handed to me at my door on a Saturday morning, somewhat of a surprise!). So if there are any other Australians who ordered a copy... expect it soon.
It is a beautifully produced issue, and I've only just started to dig into the DFW section. The highlight so far is Greg Carlisle's (author of Elegant Complexity, and back in stock over at Amazon) essay Wallace's Infinite Fiction. A seriously amazing analysis of DFW's fiction with a focus on Infinite Jest 'as analogous to mathematical functions whose limits involve infinity.' Greg has done it again, this is yet another important contribution to the body of IJ criticism and is pivotal when considering the narrative structure of the novel. If you are at all interested in the complexities of IJ this is one not to miss.
I haven't even got to the uncollected DFW short Solomon Silverfish yet. I have not read it for a number of years, and I'm saving it for when I can read it in a sitting without disruption.
A big hello and thanks to Michael Sheehan for putting it all together and for the humbling shout out in his introduction.
Passing Shots blog has posted a great piece about DFW, Requiem for a Writer: Roger Rides Again in the Ultimate Federer Moment.
Federer's recent French Open success (finally!) has resulted in numerous mentions of DFW's wonderful Federer essay across the web in the past few days and the Passing Shots piece is the best of the bunch as it is more extensive, and more personal, than the rest.
|The Broom of the System|
|Girl with Curious Hair|
|Supposedly Fun Thing|
|Everything and More|
|Consider the Lobster|
|This is Water|
|The Pale King|
|Both Flesh and Not|
|New to DFW?|
|Interviews and Audio|
|The B.I. Project|