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The Great Concavity - DFW Podcast Ep 4

Episode 4 of the The Great Concavity is available now. (Follow the show on twitter @ConcavityShow and subscribe to the podcast here)

THis episode is a discussion with Corrie Baldauf, and it's another great interview!

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.

Listen to The Great Concavity episode 4.

Last Updated on Sunday, 22 May 2016 17:36

String Theory Tennis Collection - June 2016

String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis: A Library of America Special Publication. Due June 7th, 2016. With an introduction by John Jeremiah Sullivan (Pulphead: Essays is a neat collection and he wrote about Wallace and The Pale King for GQ).


The End of the Tour - Opens in Melbourne Today

The End of the Tour opens in limited release in Australia at the Cinema Nova in Melbourne today (December 3).

I finally saw it on Blu-ray a few weeks ago and for the most part I thought it was wonderful. Well and truly worth your time to see it in the cinema if you can.

Here are a few Australian reviews starting with one by Mitch Cunningham who was part of the recent AAWP DFW Panel and is a compelling Wallace scholar!

And here's the review from back in August when it screened at MIFF:


Pre-Order Infinite Jest - Deluxe Edition

Edit 3/12/2015: Amazon is now crediting the foreword to Tom Bissell (Cheers to @mattbucher for pointing this out). Also note that the cover design comp announcement on the official page disappeared ages ago and no winner has been announced... I have no idea what is going on there. If you are interested in seeing some entries Chris Ayers is collecting and showcasing entries for the competition on his incredible Poor Yorick Entertainment blog and Facebook page.

I hope the p 981 circle is re-instated too...

Edit 29/9/2015: Re: the comment added today from Steve Moore (see below) it looks like we can, at the very least, expect some typo and space corrections.

#1 Steve Moore 2015-09-29 15:59
I've just learned that the new edition will correct about twenty typos and space issues. I submitted a list to Michael Pietsch a while back; he said a few typos had been corrected in a recent printing, and the rest will be made for this deluxe edition.

You can now pre-order the 20th anniversary Deluxe Edition of Infinite Jest due for release on the 23rd of February 2016. Check out the cover design comp if you live in the US and have a great idea for a new cover.

1136 pages - I expect this accounts for a new introduction (Edit: New foreword by Tom Bissell). More if I hear anything.

(Original 1996 cover)


(Via @mattbucher)

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 December 2015 08:23

AAWP 2015 DFW Panel...

Panel about begin... follow me on twitter for live updates @nick_maniatis #aawpdfw

Edit: Wow. So glad I got down to Melbourne to see this. More later...

Last Updated on Monday, 30 November 2015 10:45

Melbourne Wallace Meetup - 28th Nov 2015

Location Update: A few of us will be meeting at The Victoria Hotel (215 Little Collins Street) in Vics's Bar and Pool Room from 7pm on Sat 28th Nov 2015. Last minute updates or changes via twitter @nick_maniatis (or check the sidebar on the left!) I'll tweet when I'm there. Feel free to just rock up and introduce yourself. Every single time I've met people who have read ANY David Foster Wallace has been a chilled and fine occasion. We're all good people.

If you don't know what I look like keep an eye out for the group of people including a guy with glasses near a 1st Edition Hardback of Infinite Jest. That should be obvious enough...


As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I'll be in Melbourne for the Ghost Stories, Love Stories, New Stories - AAWP 2015 DFW Panel this coming Monday 30th Nov.

A few of us will be meeting up on Saturday 28th Nov in the Melbourne CBD at around 7pm for some Wallace discussion over drinks and nibbles. If any other Melbourne Wallace enthusiasts would like to join us we'd love to meet you!

Location TBA later this week (Thurs or Friday). If you can come along (or think you might be able to) drop me a line here (or leave a comment below) and I'll make sure you get the specifics.

Hope to meet some of you on Saturday evening!

Last Updated on Friday, 27 November 2015 23:49

Free on Amazon Today? The End of the Tour

I just got word via Wallace-l (thanks, John) that The End of the Tour is displaying as free for SD and HD download purchase today over at Amazon. I'm not sure how long this will last for.

I took a snap of what I can see, but when I try to process a transaction it doesn't work, even though it is listed as free. I'm guessing my Australian details are tripping it up?

Let other readers know if you have any luck in the comments below.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 November 2015 01:36

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