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1996 Review of Infinite Jest vs 2006 Foreword

Have you read the foreword to the 2006 edition of Infinite Jest by Dave Eggers? It's a little different to the opinions he shared in his review of Infinite Jest on release...

Edward Champion's over at Edrants explores this in his piece, The Infinite Jest Review That Dave Eggers Doesn’t Want You To Read:

In 2006, Little Brown published a 10th anniversary edition of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest that featured a foreword by Dave Eggers. Eggers’s introduction observed that Infinite Jest was “1,067 pages long and there is not one lazy sentence. The book is drum-tight and relentlessly smart and, though it does not wear its heart on its sleeve, its deeply felt and incredibly moving.” There was one significant problem with this assessment. It did not match, much less acknowledge, a review that Eggers had written for The San Francisco Chronicle on February 11, 1996, which claimed just the opposite:

Besides frequently losing itself in superfluous and wildly tangential flights of lexical diarrhea, the book suffers under the sheer burden of its incredible length.

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People are allowed to change their opinions, right? But I guess acknowledging you held a differing opinion in the past is important too...

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Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014 13:27
 

The Dead Cannot Consent - The Awl

From The Awl by Maria Bustillos, The Dead Cannot Consent:

There is every reason to anticipate that the movie will be great: It stars Jason Segel as Wallace, and Jesse Eisenberg as Lipsky. (Anyone who supposes that Segel is too lightweight to play Wallace credibly, I will assume, has not seen him in the 2011 Jeff, Who Lives At Home, though Segel’s genius is equally apparent in many a deceptively goofy performance.) The director is James Ponsoldt, whose splendid The Spectacular Now contains a sensitive and idiosyncratically observant treatment of substance abuse, among many other things. I will certainly see the movie (Si Dios quiere, as my grandma used to say) and even if it is not as great as I hope, I am sure there will be a lot of pleasure to be had in seeing a favorite book come to life.

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Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 16:13
 

DFW Literary Trust Neither Endorse Nor Support 'The End of The Tour'

Jacket Copy Blog, Los Angeles Times, David Foster Wallace's estate comes out against 'The End of the Tour':

"The David Foster Wallace Literary Trust, David's family, and David's longtime publisher Little, Brown and Company wish to make it clear that they have no connection with, and neither endorse nor support 'The End of the Tour.' This motion picture is loosely based on transcripts from an interview David consented to eighteen years ago for a magazine article about the publication of his novel, 'Infinite Jest.' That article was never published and David would never have agreed that those saved transcripts could later be repurposed as the basis of a movie. The Trust was given no advance notice that this production was underway and, in fact, first heard of it when it was publicly announced. For the avoidance of doubt, there is no circumstance under which the David Foster Wallace Literary Trust would have consented to the adaptation of this interview into a motion picture, and we do not consider it an homage."

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[Previously, Opinions about 'The End of the Tour'.]

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15 Thoughts on The Pale King

The Quivering Pen reviews The Pale King in the post, 15 Random, Belated Thoughts on The Pale King by David Foster Wallace:

I started writing this "review" two years ago shortly after I finished reading The Pale King.  Why I never followed through and put all my initial thoughts down on paper at that time, I don't know.  Distraction, I guess.  Maybe I was on sweaty, bowel-cramping deadline to finish filing my taxes.  Maybe I got bored with my own words of conflicted praise about The Pale King.  Whatever.  But now I'm trying one more time because....well, because it's April 15--Tax Day here in the U.S.--and that is the fulcrum of The Pale King.  It seemed fitting to resurrect my fading memories of DFW's last book today of all days.
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In His Own Words - Track List

8 discs! Track list update via Megan Fitzpatrick [@mitzpa]

The discs with Wallace's handwriting in background (below):

In His Own Words - Selected Pieces - (Pre-order via Amazon) Audio CD - Read by the Author. Includes live and studio recordings. Introduction written and read by John Jeremiah Sullivan of Pulphead: Essays (and his review of The Pale King, Too Much Information). Hachette Book Group page.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 17:59
 

Book Circle Online - The Pale King

Book Circle Online's discussion of The Pale King:

 

 

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Is Irony Ruining Our Culture?

I don't think it is.

Via Salon.com by Matt Ashby and Brendan Carroll, David Foster Wallace was right: Irony is ruining our culture:

So where have we gone from irony? Irony is now fashionable and a widely embraced default setting for social interaction, writing and the visual arts. Irony fosters an affected nihilistic attitude that is no more edgy than a syndicated episode of “Seinfeld.” Today, pop characters directly address the television-watching audience with a wink and nudge. (Shows like “30 Rock” deliver a kind of meta-television-irony irony; the protagonist is a writer for a show that satirizes television, and the character is played by a woman who actually used to write for a show that satirizes television. Each scene comes with an all-inclusive tongue-in-cheek.) And, of course, reality television as a concept is irony incarnate.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 17:39
 



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