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Group Read Updates

Just a quick reminder that the IJIM Infinite Jest group read is currently in swing over at the wallace-l mailing list and that I'm still discovering new things after having read the novel more times than it is safe to count.
 
If you are trying to find something new to read I highly recommend 2666 by Roberto Bolaño. In fact, it is a great time to start reading this novel as the 2666 group read starts on the bolano-l mailing list on Jan 12.
 
Everything you need to know can be found over at Matt Bucher's wonderful blog http://www.bolanobolano.com/. Matt also maintains wallace-l and bolano-l, so you know this will be a well organised group read.
 
A word of warning: some of the 2666 reviews linked to have massive spoilers in them. Take my word for it (and other DFW fans who are involved in the read) just grab it and read.
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Brief Interviews Sundance Details

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men screening times and locations from the BIWHM section of the Sundance website.
 
Screenings:

Mon. Jan 19 3:15 p.m. - BRIEF19CA Eccles Theatre, Park City
Tue. Jan 20 8:30 a.m. - BRIEF20RM Racquet Club, Park City
Thu. Jan 22 5:15 p.m. - BRIEF22RE Racquet Club, Park City
Fri. Jan 23 8:30 p.m. - BRIEF23LN Library Center Theatre, Park City
Sat. Jan 24 3:30 p.m. - BRIEF24GA Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, SLC
 
 
Is anyone attending? I'd love to read about your impressions and make reviews available.
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Lack of Updates

Sorry for the lack of updates everyone. The site is not dead... my computer is :(
 
I've had a catastrophic motherboard failure. Due to the age of my system (socket 939, agp only etc) it is difficult to replace. Thus, it is easier to build a whole new system from scratch which won't happen for a few weeks yet.
 
Hopefully I will be able to get online this weekend with a proper update. (Thanks to everyone who has sent me links over the last few weeks, I'm only just catching up on email).
 
Nick 
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Last Updated on Sunday, 18 January 2009 08:16
 

Merry Christmas

I hope you are having as good a day that I am, no matter where you are! Beautiful warm day here on the east coast of Australia... beach and a swim tomorrow!
 
On the DFW front, apparently Chaffey Review copies are arriving, so keep an eye on that mailbox.
 
Now for the big news. It looks like "The Planet Trillaphon as It Stands in Relation to the Bad Thing", DFW's earliest published short piece, will appear in the Summer issue of Tin House. This is a wonderful opportunity for readers to experience this great piece without having to travel to Amherst.
 
 
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Last Updated on Thursday, 25 December 2008 15:06
 

Brief Interviews Movie at Sundance

It is old news now, but just in case you were not aware, the Brief Interviews movie will debut at Sundance. Underwire, a wired blog, has a little write up that ends with a quote from Krasinski:

"The only thing I'm terrified of now is David Foster Wallace fans," he says. "I hope I do him justice."

Don't worry John, we're all just keen to see the film.

Is anyone heading to Sundance to see it? I'd be happy to go if someone wants to shout me tickets from Australia to the US... :)

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Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2008 04:41
 

Metafilter on Consider the Philosopher

It's always interesting when DFW is discussed on metafilter. Not always for reasons you'd expect. The thread begins with reference to Ryerson's NYT article about DFW's philosophy thesis and then quickly spins out of control.
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NYT: Consider the Philosopher

The New York Times Magazine now has placed James Ryerson's piece about DFW's Thesis, Consider the Philosopher online. A good read and overview of the thesis.
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