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Consider the Archive - An Evening of David Foster Wallace

Consider the Archive: An Evening of David Foster Wallace, 9/14, UT Jessen Auditorium, reception at Harry Ransom Center.
Readers include: Elizabeth Crane, Jake Silverstein, Owen Egerton, Doug Dorst, and Chris Gibson. Readings from the DFW archive at the University of Texas' Harry Ransom Center.
[via And But So]

Lipsky and Wallace-Havens on WPR

Veronica Rueckert interviewed David Lipsky and Amy Wallace-Havens for Wisconsin Public Radio on July 16. It's a good interview to listen to because both Lipsky and Wallace-Havens are given a good amount of air-time to reflect and respond to questions.
There's also another extensive radio interview (and transcript) over at 3 Quarks Daily, Five days with David Foster Wallace: Colin Marshall talks to author and journalist David Lipsky - originally from The Marketplace of Ideas.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 July 2010 13:39

DFW's Sports Writing

Check out a round table over at The Morning News about sports writing, Paper Tigers, where David Foster Wallace's contributions end up getting quite a mention, including:
Katie Baker: [...] But the piece that grabbed me and never let go is “The String Theory” by David Foster Wallace, which is ostensibly about a young professional tennis player named Michael Joyce qualifying for a tournament but is really about T-shirts and physics and IQ and exponents and how much Wallace hates Agassi (“his domination…doesn’t make me like him any better; it’s more like it chills me, as if I’m watching the devil play.”) It’s the glorious opposite of the sport’s typically bubbly coverage. When you’re reading Wallace, tennis has never been more relatable or more melancholy. “The applause of a tiny crowd,” Wallace writes, “is so small and sad and tattered-sounding that it’d almost be better if people didn’t clap at all.”
Nic Brown: [...] But my favorite is going to have to be “Federer as Religious Experience,” the essay David Foster Wallace published in the New York Times Magazine in 2006, concerning—of course—the tennis star Roger Federer. It wasn’t until well after reading it that I realized Wallace wrote the entire piece without ever once interviewing the subject. I think it was his most generous work—to himself, and to the reader. It seemed like he was having fun, not something I associate with much else of his work. He also just knew so much about the subject and was so damn smart that it made every sentence leap screaming off the page. Again, the piece was excellent because it was really about beauty, obsession, precision, and the mysteries of the human condition. It just also happened to be about tennis as well.

Sam Mendes on DFW

Here's a Charlie Rose interview with Sam Mendes where they end up discussing David Foster Wallace (Jump to the 23 minute mark for a lead in to the bit about DFW).

Biographer Requests Letters

Reminder Post:
D.T. Max (of the March 09 New Yorker article, The Unfinished) is currently working on a biography of David Foster Wallace and he's requested your help. If you can, I encourage you to help out:

"I'm working on a biography of David Foster Wallace for Viking Press. If you ever spent time with Wallace or he ever sent you a letter or postcard, I'd like to hear from you. Please contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Thank you, Daniel Max"
(This will pop-up once a week for the next few weeks as a reminder, it would be great if any of you are able to help out)
Last Updated on Sunday, 11 July 2010 16:43

University of Rochester Production

Looks like the University of Rochester is going to be performing a production based on David Foster Wallace's Brief Interviews with Hideous Men over the Meliora Weekend (14-17 Oct 2010). Full Schedule.
Last Updated on Friday, 16 July 2010 17:36

Philadelphia Slick Music Video

Philadelphia Slick got in touch to let me know about their neat music video for their track Everything Must Go - the video draws from David Foster Wallace's short story from Oblivion: Stories, Mr. Squishy. Check it out over at YouTube.
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