David Foster Wallace News and Resources Since March 97
As a result of reading Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace, Craig Fehrman tracked down David Streitfeld's Details Profile The Wasted Land and has posted the transcript online.
Matt Bucher posted on his twitter feed (heya, Matt!) about a Graphic Novel adaptation of David Foster Wallace's short story, Oblivion (from the collection of the same name).
Our collaborator Jorge Flores-Oliver, Blumpi, has undertaken an interesting exercise: the graphic adaptation of one of the most mature and perhaps less accessible-by David Foster Wallace, the story Extinction (Oblivion) that gave him title to his collection Short Stories 2004. The text captures the painful breakdown of a relationship through the extremely sensitive apology from a man who believes or suspects that his wife hallucinates the sound of his snoring. In this space we will raise some of their progress in this endeavor. Over Blumpi at this address: blumpi.wordpress.com
Awkward Update: Looks like it wasn't official, there's been a takedown.
A couple more reviews of David Lipsky's book, Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace:
Michael O’Donnell for Washington Monthly, Infinite Regret:
It has become a commonplace in the literary community to call Wallace a genius. This seems to occur in part because he won a MacArthur "genius" grant, which many writers covet, and in part because he wrote about math, which many writers fear. Mostly, though, the plaudit stuck because Wallace was smart and articulate and had the enviable quality of finding everything interesting. But in truth, his appeal lies more in his honesty than his intellect; it is less that his observations were profound than that others lacked the self-scrutiny or courage to voice them. Throughout the road trip, Wallace spoke with disarming candor about difficult issues: a suicide scare in college, an almost crippling fear of how others perceived him, difficulty finding love. No contemporary writer discussed despair and loneliness with such frankness.
Greg Zimmerman's review for The New Dork Review of Books:
DFW was hyper self-aware, but also almost painfully shy and self-conscious and always self-deprecating — Almost every important answer DFW gives is couched with a sort of disclaimer that he's aware how what he's saying could be misinterpreted in print.
The competition is closed for entries. Now for the difficult part... picking the winners from so many great submissions.
Don has considered the words David Foster Wallace circled in his American Heritage Dictionary [previously] and made a list of which ones are in Infinite Jest and noted where they appear in the text. Nice work.
|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|