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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.


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.


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:


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