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The Great Concavity - DFW Podcast Eps 5, 6 and 7

Episodes 5, 6 and 7 of the The Great Concavity have appeared while I was away. (Follow the show on twitter @ConcavityShow and subscribe to the podcast here)

I'm still catching up after my time away, but Dave and Matt have once again attracted great guests to the show! Tim Groenland in Ep 5 and Chris Ayers in Ep 7.


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

Infinite Winter - Infinite Jest Read

Infinite Winter is an online/group/collaborative read of Infinite Jest (inspired by the hugely successful Infinite Summer read of Infinite Jest in 2009) and it begins on January 31!

Mark Flanagan is organising this time around. Here's the reading schedule. Don't have a copy? Pick one up here.



Twitter: #InfWin

I hope you can join us!


Oh, and it was featured in The Denver Post, "Infinite Jest" book club tackles the big tome on its 20th anniversary.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 January 2016 00:46

Developing the New Infinite Jest Cover

Catching up on news while I was away...

(Joe Walsh - early cover design)

In, Infinite Jest 20th Anniversary Cover, Joe Walsh describes the process behind designing his winning entry for the Infinite Jest Cover competition (previously) and what changed from his submission to the final design. My favourite is the black background with the glowing television. An interesting read. Congrats, Joe!

I played around with all of that, and created many “final” covers before deciding on my final image. Many of them were compelling images, but didn’t translate into a striking book cover. I decided that for me, the most central theme in the book had to do with what we are looking for when we look towards entertainment. What is it about entertainment that draws us in, even though we know on some level that most of it is created by people who really only care about your money.

These images are a look into my process for the final cover.

Continue reading Infinite Jest 20th Anniversary Cover.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 January 2016 00:23

Happy New Year

Hi everyone! I'm back from a lovely break and have heaps to update over the next 24 hours. I've been tweeting DFW news (see the sidebar or follow me on twitter @nick_maniatis) and I've added a few things to the Facebook page.

If you think there is something that I need to post about when working on my big update this evening that I may have missed via twitter, Facebook, or any emails you've sent me (I'm about to get to those) drop me a line via Twitter @nick_maniatis, Facebook, or the contact page.

More soon!


Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 January 2016 10:46

Infinite Jest Cover Comp Winner Announced

The winning cover of the Infinite Jest 20th Anniversary Edition due on the 23rd of Feb [Previously] has been announced by The Millions and they have a little interview with Michael Pietsch about it.

Certainly not what I expected, but that's probably the point, right? And nothing like any of the entries collected by Chris Ayers over on his Poor Yorrick Entertainment blog.


Focus Group

The theatre show, Focus Group, is inspired by David Foster Wallace's short story from Oblivion, Mister Squishy, and previews at the South Street Arts Centre in Reading on Jan 29 before a national tour in autumn 2016.

More here, David Foster Wallace inspired piece comes to Reading for preview before embarking on national tour.


Infinite Lego Released

Ryan M. Blanck's, Infinite LEGO: Reimagining David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest through LEGO, is now available through

What can I say? Two of my favourite things, Lego and Infinite Jest! You can see how this publication came to be right here.


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