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Infinite Jest and Binge Watching 'TV'

Links fixed.

Hmmm... how do I justify my viewing habits?

Have a read Mike Broida's piece over at The Millions, 'Infinite Jest' in the Age of Addiction:

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What if — according to InterLace — what if a viewer could more or less 100% choose what’s on at any given time? Choose and rent, over PC and modem and fiber-optic line, from tens of thousands of second-run films, documentaries, the occasional sport, old beloved non-‘Happy Days’ programs, wholly new programs, cultural stuff, and c., all prepared by the time-tested, newly lean Big Four’s mammoth vaults and production facilities and packaged and disseminated by InterLace TelEnt.

If I call the six hours I spent watching the old seasons of Parks And Recreation “binge-watching,” then I am doubly insulated by, first, acknowledging upfront the gluttony of it, and, second, by the irony of calling it a binge in the first place. If I jokingly pretend I’m binging on television, then it’s ironic because watching television is better than knocking back a case of beer, right? Yet television, like narcotics, has a certain intentionality behind it, as Wallace lays bare in “E Unibus Pluram”: “Because of the economies of nationally broadcast, advertiser-subsidizer entertainment, television’s one goal — never denied by anybody in or around TV since RCA first authorized field test in 1936 — is to ensure as much watching as possible.” Wallace’s conclusion is as true as ever, but due to the allure of the Internet as the new “low” art, filled by Youtube, Reddit, viral videos, and vociferous memes dominating the sort of repetitive desire that an American Gladiators marathon used to hold, TV had to change its tactics. Ultimately, the new strategy for capturing their viewers, to convince them of their true desire to watch more and more, was a sea change towards quality entertainment, turning TVs strongest critics into its greatest allies. After all, it is hard to feel poorly about spending a Saturday watching an entire season of The Wire, when its creator, David Simon, won a McArthur “genius” Grant.
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Keep reading, Infinite Jest' in the Age of Addiction.

 

[Thanks, Phillip, for reporting the broken links.]

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 July 2016 07:28
 

OzWallace 2017

It's official, OzWallace 2017, the Australian hosted David Foster Wallace conference is happening in Melbourne, September 1-3 2017! Save those dates!

This is going to be the best thing ever - seriously, there are some fantastic Wallace scholars here in Aus.

Follow Dr. of Creative Writing, and conference organiser, Tony McMahon, on twitter for updates (@tony_mcmahon2) and check out more of Nathan Seppelt's, (@darwinfinite) amazing OzWallace 2017 promotional pics/postcards on the Facebook page.

(Merch at DFW16...)

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And Lo Zine - Call for Submissions

Carly, Isabelle and Katherine are calling for submissions for their Infinite Jest inspired Zine, And Lo.

Love Infinite Jest? Hate Infinite Jest? AND LO ZINE wants your content!
We are three girls who by some stroke of fate happened to read David Foster Wallace’s magnum opus at the same time and felt a connection with it. We’re looking to put together a zine of IJ-inspired writing and art.
Submissions and questions can be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Submission deadline 7/22/16 (tentatively).
Don’t have the time to submit but still interested? Take this IJ survey!

Visit their And Lo tumblr for more information

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DFW 2016 Soon!

The 3rd annual David Foster Wallace conference, DFW 2016, kicks off on soon on July 28th. If you're going, enjoy!

(I believe you can still register...)

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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
 



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