November 11, 2006
- Here's the Eggers foreword some of you have been asking about. Kindly available via LA Weekly
November 11, 2006
- Check out the press release below about "Jest Fest"
Housing Works Bookstore Café
JEST FEST ‘06
The 10th Anniversary Celebration of David Foster Wallace’s INFINITE JEST
Thursday, November 16, 7PM
Admission is free, but donated books are welcome and encouraged
November 3, 2006. . . . In cooperation with the National Books Critics Circle, we proudly present Jest Fest 06 on Thursday, November 16 at 7pm. Guests will include The Office's John Krasinski, The Onion's Todd Hanson, Time Magazine's Lev Grossman, and Salon's Laura Miller.
In celebration of the tenth anniversary of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, we bring you an evening of readings from a wide cast of fans, who will be reading and discussing the book. Audience participation is required too; people are encouraged to get up and read favorite passages.
Lev Grossman is a book critic and technology writer for Time Magazine. He is the author of two novels, Warp and Codex, and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Todd Hanson is the head writer for The Onion, the world’s most popular humor publication.
John Krasinski plays Jim Halpert on NBC’s “The Office.” He also appears in the films “Jarhead,” “Kinsey,” and the upcoming Christopher Guest film, "For Your Consideration.”
Laura Miller is a critic at Salon. Her reviews have also appeared in the New York Times.
HOW TO FIND US:
Housing Works Bookstore Café
126 Crosby Street (one block east of Broadway between Houston and Prince) Subway: W, R to Prince; B, D, F, V to Broadway/Lafayette; 6 to Bleecker General Information: (212) 334-3324
Housing Works Bookstore Café Fighting AIDS One Book At A Time Housing Works Bookstore Café is an independent cultural center that offers patrons a unique opportunity to join the fight against AIDS and homelessness. Arts-based philanthropy in practice, we allow visitors to make a difference simply by buying or donating books; eating at our cafe; coming to concerts, readings, and special events; or volunteering for our staff.
We are a non-profit organization that relies entirely on donations to stock our store and volunteers to run it. All proceeds directly benefit our parent organization, Housing Works, Inc., the nation’s largest minority-controlled AIDS service provider. Housing Works provides housing, healthcare, job training, and advocacy for New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. As an activist organization, we are committed to implementing the systemic changes necessary to ensure that AIDS and public health policies are sound in concept and equitable in administration.
- Also, I understand the new IJ release is about half the physical thickness of the previous edition! (I've also read the Eggers intro, it's good and does a good job of trying to draw new readers).
- November 13th and the release of the 10th Anniversary edition of Infinite Jest is fast approaching, you can pre-order it over at Amazon:
- To tide you over until its release, you really must check out Greg Carlisle's fabulous work in progress: The Connectedness of All Events: A Study of Wallace's Infinite Jest. I can't wait until this is finished.
- Oh yeah, in case you've been hiding under a very large and soundproof rock for the last few months the new Thomas Pynchon novel is up for release soon too!
- I can confirm that the The 10th Anniversary edition of Infinite Jest is on its way and it will have a foreword written by Dave Eggers. There will be more to report about the 10th anniversary celebrations I expect...
- New essay by DFW! Federer as Religious Experience. Part of the New York Times 'Play Magazine' and well worth the read.
- The 10th Anniversary edition of Infinite Jest is on its way and word is that it'll have a foreword written by Dave Eggers... no update other than a placeholder with zero information (no foreword mentioned) for a November 2nd release at Amazon. Anyone out there know anything about this? (Email me using the address at the bottom of the page if you do.)
July 23, 2006
- The Howling Fantods is still alive, thanks for all the enquiries. The message board (which, yes, is old and horrible) used to have lots of great stuff in there and was why I was keeping it. That is until EZboard was hacked and we lost all the good stuff. I'm not sure if having a new message board is a good idea, the host certainly provides for one. I am still working on a major overhaul, not really in looks or content, just moving over to a CMS so I can manage everything effectively. The plan is to have it all done by the 10 year anniversary of this site... March next year.
On with the news:
- Jack from "Ellipsis… Literary Serials and Narrative Culture" emailed me (back in May, unsure how I forgot to post this) the Eight Greats section from the inaugural issue. It features The Broom of the System. Eight Greats (pdf)
- DFW's The Nature of Fun online for your reading pleasure. (Thanks George)
- The 'Brief Interviews with Hideous Men' movie. Based on reports it would appear that John Krasinski (Jim in the US version of The Office) is making a movie based on the short stories (I guess we assume short stories rather than just one of them).
April 11, 2006
- Long time no update. Thanks for all the kind words from long time readers. A few little things to keep you going.
- DFW read at the Colorado College last night. Here's bit of a report from wallace-l.
- Kristen is blogging her read of Infinite Jest.
- Review of The Broom of the System!! Thinking makes it so.
- DFW has won a Nation Magazine Award for Host.
"PROFILE WRITING This category recognizes excellence in profile writing. It honors the vividness and perceptiveness with which the writer brings his or her subject to life.
The Atlantic Monthly: Cullen Murphy, managing editor, for Host, by David Foster Wallace, April."
- Consider the Lobster excerpt from the New York Times.
Recent Consider the Lobster review roundup
- Consider the Lobster metareview at Metacritic.
- 30/01/2005 Columbia Spectator review by Paul Brandt Smut, Now With Footnotes Positive review.
- 4/02/2006 Pioneer Press review by Paul Lomartire Lobsters, tennis and porn: Yup, they're all connected Positive review.
- 6/02/2006 CTL Publisher's Weekly Audiobook review Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays Positive review.
- 8/02/2006 Blogcritics.org review by Nik Dirga Consider the Lobster and other Essays Positive review.
- 16/02/2006 The Portland Mercury review by Erik Henriksen Consider the Lobster and other Essays Positive review.
- 19/02/2006 The Boston Globe review of CTL by John Freeman More wild rides from Wallace Positive review.
- 28/02/2006 Christian Science Monitor review of CTL by Peter Grier Lobsters, John McCain, and 50-cent words Positive review.
- 4/03/2006 The Age review of CTL by Peter Craven Consider the Lobster Positive review.
- 5/03/2006 The Freelance Star review by Ashley Gauthier Essays are Sharp, thought-provoking Positive review.
- 5/03/2006 The Telegraph (UK) review by Christopher Tayler Big issues in short pieces Positive review.
- 12/03/2006 New York Times review of CTL by Pankaj Mishra The Postmodern Modernist Positive review. (don't forget bug me not)
- DFW featured author page at The New York Times.
- 26/03/2006 Fort Worth Star-Telegram review by Carlo Wolff Lettered Lobster Positive review.
- 1/03/2006 DFW Interview from the San Antonio Current by John Freeman Reality is a Tsunami.
- 11/03/2006 The Australian interview by John Freeman Subverting the zeitgeist
- 30/03/2006 www.csindy.com interview by John Freeman Seven Days: The accidental journalist
Jan 15, 2006
- From what I understand the Jan 11 DFW reading was a success and very well attended. If you plan to catch one of the two over the next few days get there early if you'd like a good spot.
- Another wave of Consider the Lobster reviews for your reading pleasure:
- 8/01/2006 Original and longer version of The Oregonian review by M.E. Russell Consider the Lobster Positive review.
- 8/01/2006 Audiobook RGJ.com review by Merrie Leininger Essays evoke world of the strange Positive review.
- 8/01/2006 Buffalo News review by Jess Simon Antic carnival of essays enervates, annoys - and entertains Mixed review.
- 8/1/06 10/1/06 Same audiobook review in the PalmBeachPost.com and MiamiHerald.com review by Paul Lomartire Palm Beach Post and Miami Herald Positive review.
- 11/01/2006 The Onion's AV Club review by Keith Phipps Beneath the Shell Positive review.
- 11/01/2006 Philadelphia Inquirer review by Steve Weinberg From lowly to lofty, this quirky essayist excels Positive review.
- 15/01/2006 Audiobook Detroit Free Press review by Paul Lomartire X-rated essay leads the pack Positive review.
- 15/01/2006 Star-Telegram review by Carlo Wolff Like butter? Positive review.
- 15/01/2006 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (subscription only) review by Wallace's Lobster is serious but sparkles like fiction
- 16/01/2006 New Statesman review by Steven Poole War of the words Negative review.
- Happy New Year everyone. I'm now back from an extended break and have an inbox of things to update. Most important are his appearances over the next week or so:
- Jan 11: Strand Bookstore NY, NY Link (Does anyone have any more information about this reading?)
- Jan 15: Hammer Museum Los Angeles, CA. 6pm Link
- Jan 16: Reading and signing at the All Saints Church (1350 Waller) in San Francisco on Monday January 16th at 7pm. If you manage to make it let me know how it was!
- Consider the Lobster Reviews: Listed below are most of the reviews that are still available on the web. Unfortunately a few negative reviews are no longer available.
- 9/12/2005 Paste Magazine review by Jack Pendarvis Consider the Lobster. Positive review.
- 9/12/2005 New York Observer review by Adam Begley (No longer avail online without fee) Infinite, Abject Apologies: Wallace Begins to Wear Thin. Negative review.
- 9/12/2005 Conversational Reading comment by scott_esposito a Review of Begley's review.
- 11/12/2005 The Guardian review by Robert McCrum A cult above the rest . Positive review.
- 11/12/2005 Cleveland.com review by J Keirn-Swanson 'Lobster' is delectably funny food for thought . Positive review.
- 18/12/2005 www.signonsandiego.com review by Arthur Salm See footnote * (*Infinite jester: David Foster Wallace's 'Consider the Lobster' is a wildly clever romp). Positive review.
- 18/12/2005 LA Times review by Steve Almond Consider the Lobster. Positive review.
- 18/12/2005 San Francisco Chronicle review by Brendan Wolfe OK, so the guy can write … Positive review.
- 16/12/2005 Chron.com review by Steven E. Alford A thinking man's laugh riot. Positive review.
- 18/12/2005 MiamiHerald.com review by Ariel Gonzalez FOOD FOR THOUGHT. Mixed review.
- 18/12/2005 ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH review by Cliff Froehlich Consider the Lobster. Positive review.
- 19/12/2005 The Village Voice review by R.C. Baker No Jargon. Positive review.
- 23/12/2005 rockymountainnews.com review by Traver Kauffman 'Lobster' tales are food for thought. Positive review.
- 4/01/2006 The New York Times: Books review by Michiko Kakutani Playful Musings Bearing Ambitions. Positive review.
- 6/01/2005 NYNewsday.com review by Jennie Yabroff The heartbreak kid. Positive review.
- 7/01/2005 GlobeAndMail.com review by Lee Henderson A complex reading of the American sensibility. Positive review.
- 8/01/2005 Toronto Star review by Philip Marchand A first encounter with MR. WALLACE. Positive review.
- 8/01/2005 The Oregonian review by M.E. Russell Indiscreet inquiries of a subversive mind. Positive review.
- Other bits and pieces:
- Oh, there's an RSS feed for this site now (about time too!).