David Foster Wallace News and Resources Since March 97
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."
[Previously, Opinions about 'The End of the Tour'.]
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.
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.
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.
|The Broom of the System|
|Girl with Curious Hair|
|Supposedly Fun Thing|
|Everything and More|
|Consider the Lobster|
|This is Water|
|The Pale King|
|Both Flesh and Not|
|New to DFW?|
|Interviews and Audio|
|The B.I. Project|