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And Lo Zine - Call for Submissions

Carly, Isabelle and Katherine are calling for submissions for their Infinite Jest inspired Zine, And Lo.

Love Infinite Jest? Hate Infinite Jest? AND LO ZINE wants your content!
We are three girls who by some stroke of fate happened to read David Foster Wallace’s magnum opus at the same time and felt a connection with it. We’re looking to put together a zine of IJ-inspired writing and art.
Submissions and questions can be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Submission deadline 7/22/16 (tentatively).
Don’t have the time to submit but still interested? Take this IJ survey!

Visit their And Lo tumblr for more information


DFW 2016 Soon!

The 3rd annual David Foster Wallace conference, DFW 2016, kicks off on soon on July 28th. If you're going, enjoy!

(I believe you can still register...)


Poor Summer Infinite Jest Group Read

Did you miss the recent Infinite Winter group read of Infinite Jest?

Then you might be interested in Poor Yoricks' Summer another group read happening right now. Some nice posts over on the blog.

I'm a broken record, but I always enjoy reading about people reading Infinite Jest.


Literary Hub - Translating DFW

Probably time I posted these two great articles by Scott Esposito about translating David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest from over at Literary Hub.

First up check out, Infinite Jest Around the World, a piece about all of the Infinite Jest translations.

Then follow it with, Infinite Complextiy: On Translating David Foster Wallace into Greek (An interview with Kostas Kaltsas, the Greek translator of Infinite Jest).


While you're there, check out all the other DFW related articles over at Literary Hub.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 July 2016 21:29

String Theory Guardian Review

William Skidelsky's positive review of the String Theory tennis essay collection in the Guardian from the end of last month, String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis review – the best writer on the game ever:


Read together, these pieces demonstrate a few things. One is that Wallace’s grasp of tennis was truly prodigious. The analytical powers that must have ended up hindering him as a player made him a peerless observer of the sport. He has often been described as the best tennis writer of all time, and these essays don’t disabuse that notion. Wallace is interested in – and understands – every aspect of the game, from its strategic complications and technical evolution through to sponsorship deals and methods of hydration. In itself, of course, such knowledge isn’t exceptional. But where Wallace stands apart is that he is never boring with it. One of the marvels of his writing is the way it combines a nerd’s outlook with a novelist’s gift for exposition. And so when you read, say, the third essay in this book – a 12,000-word screed on the long-forgotten American journeyman Michael Joyce – you don’t begrudge the need to break off from the narrative to take in a half-page footnote on the politics of players’ appearance fees.


Continue reading, String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis review – the best writer on the game ever.

More reviews here.


Buy String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis: A Library of America Special Publication via Amazon.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 July 2016 11:16

The Great Concavity - DFW Podcast Eps 14 & 15

Episode 14's guests on The Great Concavity are Josh Roiland (@JoshRoiland) and his class (yes, class!) from the University of Maine. Fantastic episode - check out the website created by the class, Navigating the Great Concavity. Looks like I need to update all of my Infinite Jest links. Again.

Another top episode!

Episode 15's guest is Krzys Piekarski, a Wallace scholar who has written about DFW and Buddhism. I haven't listened to this one yet, I'm saving it for my long car trip next week.


(Follow the show on twitter @ConcavityShow and subscribe to the podcast here)


The podcast is hosted by Dave Laird (@DaveLaird2) and Matt Bucher (@mattbucher,wallace-l,, Simple RangerSide Show Media Group) two Wallace enthusiasts with a wealth of Wallace knowledge to share.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 July 2016 11:08

The Famous Speech That Almost Didn't Happen

Check out Sam Levine's piece for The Huffington Post about Wallace's Kenyon commencement speech, David Foster Wallace's Famous Commencement Speech Almost Didn't Happen.

"He's foregrounding that idea and playing with it, the idea of being aware of what you're doing at the moments where you wouldn't ordinarily be aware is where you're going to find peace and some wisdom," Pietsch said. "That's what he was exploring -- what people think of boring and ordinary is really the stuff of life."

Even back at Pomona, Wallace had been guarded about what he was going to say in the address. Kathleen Fitzpatrick and Rena Fraden, two of Wallace's colleagues, said he was always discreet about what he was writing. They don't remember Wallace mentioning the address at all. Pietsch said he remembers hearing the address was happening, but didn't speak with Wallace about it. Wallace's sister, Amy, said she doesn't remember her brother mentioning he would be giving Kenyon's commencement address until a week before he did it.

Continue reading David Foster Wallace's Famous Commencement Speech Almost Didn't Happen.


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