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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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)

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

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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.

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"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.
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The Great Concavity - DFW Podcast Ep 13 - Rob Short

Episode 13's guest on The Great Concavity is Rob Short (@VisMeaInLabore) who is also blogging with Matt Bucher over at Simple Ranger about AA's Big Book (which was running parallel to the recent Infinite Winter read of Infinite Jest).

Another top episode!

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

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

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String Theory Articles and Reviews

With the hardcover release on May 10th 2016 (and my copy finally here) it's time to collate some of the reviews and articles surrounding the latest David Foster Wallace collection, String Theory with an introduction by John Jeremiah Sullivan.

 

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

 

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Last Updated on Sunday, 22 May 2016 17:32
 



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