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1996 Details Profile

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.
(Thanks, Craig)
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 May 2010 20:20

Oblivion Story as Spanish Graphic Novel

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).
Google translation:
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:
Awkward Update: Looks like it wasn't official, there's been a takedown.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 May 2010 17:20

Washington Monthly and New Dork Reviews

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.

Comp Now Closed for Entries

The competition is closed for entries. Now for the difficult part... picking the winners from so many great submissions.

Circled Words Mapped to Infinite Jest

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.
Last Updated on Sunday, 02 May 2010 19:15

Davip Lipsky on Iowa Public Radio

David Lipsky was interviewed on Iowa Public Radio last week. The interview begins around the 24 minute mark.
(Thanks, Matt)
Last Updated on Saturday, 01 May 2010 06:25

David Lipsky Appearances

Upcoming David Lipsky Appearances:
April 15 7pm Minneapolis Central Library. [Report and Video here]
April 17 4pm Free Library Festival, Free Library of Philadelphia.
April 26 7pm Des Moines Central Library More Info Des Moines Central Library, 1000 Grand Avenue.  
UPDATE May 5, Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Pre-event book signing 12-1pm, event 7pm Tickets & Info.
Last Updated on Friday, 30 April 2010 14:37
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