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Evidently in California

Cole travels to California and writes about DFW, Evidently in California. (Thanks, Cole)
In a bookshop yesterday I started reading the essay about DFW's BIWHM in Zadie Smith's Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays, yesterday. I'll definitely be picking it up later today. (I noticed she wrote that hardcore Wallace nerds call themselves howling fantods... is this true? If so, why haven't I noticed?)
Finally, hit the contact us link with any news or links, I've not had the time to keep an eye on things while here.

Rest Day Today

I've been doing the tourist thing full time the last three days, time for a rest prior to the conference tomorrow.
Empire State Building, Guggenheim, Central Park, Natural History, Statue of Liberty, Top of the Rock, Bodies, MOMA, and Carrie Fisher's show at Studio 54.
Great meals at momofuku ssam bar (the duck) and at the Pongsri Thai Restaurant (beef red curry, very hot, super fast service).
Big shout out to Giant Robot in East Village for great conversation and even better t-shirts.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 November 2009 21:20


...and I thought Sydney was a big city...
Just spent the evening over at Barcade in Brooklyn consuming equal parts Brooklyn Weisse and old-school arcade games. All games are a quarter to play, I'm planning on heading back over before I fly home.

12 Hours to Go

Just about finished packing. Long flight to New York tomorrow... 

Footnotes Conference Full

Registrations for the Footnotes conference are now closed, the maximum number of attendees has been reached.
I fly out of Australia, on my way to the conference, this coming weekend, and with that will come more posts. (I'm snowed under right now preparing classes for the 8 days I'll be absent from teaching - I do plan to reply to the backlog of emails sent through the contact link... I do get them!).
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2009 19:23

DFW Philosophy Thesis to be Published

I've been sitting on this for a while so I was glad to hear (thanks, Matt) that the word is starting to get out about Maureen Eckert and Steven M. Cahn's co-edited publication, Fate, Logic and Language: David Foster Wallace's Essay on Fatalism Fate, Logic and Language by David Foster Wallace (due 2010).
I have been looking forward to this as I found DFW's thesis very difficult and am happy to admit I gave up when the going got tough. I just don't have the philosphy background to understand it. I know Maureen is very excited about the importance of Wallace's thesis, and I am looking forward to the commentary and other materials in this volume.
Maureen will deliver a paper at the Footnotes Conference, “Where the Conversation Lapses…Understanding DFW’s Philosophy Thesis”. I simply can't wait.


Fate, Logic and Language: David Foster Wallace's Essay on Fatalism, book co-edited with Steven M. Cahn, forthcoming Fall 2010 from Columbia University Press

Contents will include David Foster Wallace’s philosophy thesis, “Richard Taylor’s ‘Fatalism’ and the Semantics of Physical Modality,” Richard Taylor's essay "Fatalism," responses to and defenses of Taylor's argument, explanatory essays regarding David Foster Wallace's work and essays on the philosophical material. An essay by me [Maureen Eckert], "Renewing the Conversation on Fatalism," will address the changes in philosophy that occurred between the debate on Taylor's argument and Wallace's thesis that enabled him to respond to the argument in a novel way.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2009 18:41

Footnotes Conference Schedule

The Conference Schedule for the Footnotes: New Directions in David Foster Wallace Studies is up, and it looks amazing.
Last Updated on Saturday, 31 October 2009 11:46

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