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Corrections in the 20th Anniversary IJ

Update: Ian Shaw mentioned in the comments below that the UK edition does not have these corrections... any other confirmations? What about the alternate UK cover version?

Don posted a list of mistakes corrected in the 20th Anniversary edition of Infinite Jest (and some that weren't) over at the DFW Words Blog last month.

Absolutely worth checking out if you haven't seen it yet.

(While you're there have a look at the Jan 2016 post, A Hardly Exhaustive But Still Interesting Look at the Differences Between the Infinite Jest Galleys and First Printing)


Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 08:56

In the David Foster Wallace Archive - Part 1

(Part of the DFW archive via The Art of Construction)

The Art of Construction blog has the first of three posts about RR's visit to the David Foster Wallace archive at the Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas:


I returned from Austin a few weeks ago and while there was able to spend 5 hours examining various documents in the David Foster Wallace (DFW) archive at the Harry Ransom Center (HRC) of the University of Texas. And so, I was also able to examine hand written drafts, heavily notated typescripts and other fragments from the birth of Infinite Jest (IJ). Wow. I hope this short essay will transmit a sense of the humanity and process of Wallace as writer and man.  I paged through books from his personal library w/ his marginalia inscribed; I chose books that I have some familiarity with: The Moviegoer – Walker Percy, Against Interpretation – Susan Sontag, and The Fire Next Time – James Baldwin. Pretty cool stuff, which we can imagine indicate the portions of the texts he found most salient – especially the hand written notes in the Percy, which he taught, at Pomona, I believe.


Continue reading, In the David Foster Wallace Archive: Part 1/3

I'm looking forward to the next 2 parts.



Infinite Winter's Interview with Michael Pietsch

Check out this excellent crowd sourced interview with Michael Pietsch to coincide with the Infinite Winter read:


I’m curious about the number of editions, translations, and total copies sold of Infinite Jest in the twenty years since its publication. Given that these numbers are probably not insignificant, and that scholarly interest in Wallace has been exploding over the past few years, is there any possibility of producing an unexpurgated “writer’s cut” Infinite Jest with all of the material that was cut from the original version? (The D.T. Max bio said they cut 250,000 words or so to get it to the 550,000 published). Was there any talk of including some of the cut material in this anniversary edition? Or maybe as some sort of electronic book extra?

Infinite Jest has been published in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, with translations forthcoming in Russia, Poland and Hungary. Worldwide sales exceed one million copies.

I don’t know where Mr. Max got his estimate of the number of pages David cut in the editing process, but 250,000 words strikes me as wildly overstated. My own memory is that around 150 pages were cut. David put a lot of words on a manuscript page, so call it 75,000 words. Perhaps David cut many more draft pages before sending it to me. I recall him saying in interviews that 250-300 pages were cut, and it struck me at the time that he might have been exaggerating for effect.

For this twentieth anniversary edition, with the approval of the David Foster Wallace Literary Trust, we reviewed the collection of David’s papers at the Ransom Center to see if there were any sections that he had removed in the editing process that might be included in an Afterword. There are no such sections in the collection. At the end of the publication, we returned the draft manuscript to David, as was standard practice, and he doesn’t appear to have kept it. (This was still in the days of Xerox copying, long before email attachments and Track Changes and version control.) This doesn’t trouble me. The cuts David made were all intentional–the version we have is the version he wanted, not something imposed on him. It is the Writer’s Cut. Reading some Deleted Scenes would be fun, but I don’t believe they would add to our understanding of the novel.


Continue reading the interview here.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 April 2016 12:30

The Great Concavity - DFW Podcast Eps 10 and 11

(Yes, I'm behind, yes I'm back... I hope you've all been enjoying Infinite Winter, so much incredible content over there.)


Episodes 10 and 11 of the The Great Concavity are available if you haven't checked in for a while. (Follow the show on twitter @ConcavityShow and subscribe to the podcast here)

Matt and Dave interviewed Nick Maniatis (hey, that's me!) in episode 10 and took listener questions in episode 11.

I can't emphasise enough how much fun recording episode 10 was. Amazing.


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

Last Updated on Sunday, 22 May 2016 17:37

WBUR - ‘Infinite Jest’ 20 Years Later: David Foster Wallace’s Boston

Today on wbur Radio Boston - ‘Infinite Jest’ 20 Years Later: David Foster Wallace’s Boston:

Bill Lattanzi helps others discover Wallace by giving informal tours of some of the local places described in “Infinite Jest.” He took one of our producers on a hilly walk to see some of the sites, real and fictional, that are central to the book and to Wallace’s life in Boston.

Listen here: ‘Infinite Jest’ 20 Years Later: David Foster Wallace’s Boston

Related links

The Map and the Territory

Radio Open Source - Infinite Jest

Bill Lattanzi's Walking Tour of Infinite Jest


Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 February 2016 10:11

Infinite Jest 20th Anniversary Edition Out Today

It's the 23rd February here in Australia, which means the US and UK releases of the 20th Anniversary Edition of Infinite Jest (23rd Feb) are (almost) here!

Order the US Edition here.

Order the UK Edition here.

Tom Bissell's essay in the New York Times book review, Everything About Everything: David Foster Wallace's 'Infinite Jest' at 20 was adapted from his foreword to be included in the 20th Anniversary Edition of Infinite Jest.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 February 2016 14:40

DFW Inspired Tattoo Project

For some reason I'm suddenly interested in David Foster Wallace inspired tattoos...

More on that later.

I'm currently collecting images of DFW inspired tattoos AND explanations for why people got their tatts for a page on this website.
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