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Concavity Show Stickers!

Big shout out to Matt and Dave over at The Great Concavity podcast for these amazing stickers! Purchase some here (featuring artwork by Robyn O'Neil) to support this fantastic David Foster Wallace podcast.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 March 2017 07:03

IJ Group Reads - GURGLL and Sacred Jest

I always like dipping into group reads of Infinite Jest as they occur. Two that are currently in progress are the GURGLL and Sacred Jest reads.

Glasgow University's Reading Group for Length Literature (GURGLL) is in its fifteenth week of reading Infinite Jest - the blog summarises their discussion, but I particularly love their word of the week from the section. This week it's whingeocide (p. 441). You can find them on Facebook too.

The other group read, Sacred Jest, has started only very recently and is reading Infinite Jest as though it were a sacred text. It's not a lens with which I'm particularly enamoured, but as with all group reads, there are numerous interesting observations that are more than enough to keep me checking in. Follow along on twitter @SacredJest too.


Massive thanks to the teams that run group reads of this magnitude!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 March 2017 06:54

The Great Concavity - Eps 21 -25

The David Foster Wallace podcast, The Great Concavity, keeps getting better and better.

Episode 25 has just been released, but since I last posted, there have been some absolutely cracking episodes!

Episode 21 - Clare Hayes Brady - An excellent episode, one of my favourites.

Episode 22 - Nicolas Giacobone - One of the co-writer's on Academy Award winning film Birdman!

Episode 23 - Andrew Savage of Parquet Courts

Episode 24 - 2016 Year in Review

Episode 25 - Lee Konstantinou


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

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 February 2017 20:34


Dear readers,

I know behind the scenes many of you have emailed with news items for me to post (or errors to correct). For the most part I've managed to get news items out on Twitter (via @nick_maniatis) but not anywhere else. Sorry. The reason for these delays is due to a close family member having a major traumatic accident resulting in hospitalisation and lots of care in recent weeks.

Some updates coming later today including news about the 20 year anniversary of The Howling Fantods...


And before I forget... DFW Society.


The DFW Society

It is with great excitement that I can now announce DFW Society - The International David Foster Wallace Society along with The Journal of David Foster Wallace Studies.

Mission Statement

The International David Foster Wallace Society was founded to promote and sustain the long-term scholarly and independent study of David Foster Wallace’s writing. To these ends, the Society welcomes diverse, peer-reviewed scholarship and seeks to expand the critical boundaries of Wallace studies. We recognize and champion the visual, the alternative, and the literary: the presence of minds at work. The Society showcases a variety of projects—at conferences, on panels, in our print publication, The Journal of David Foster Wallace Studies, and through other non-traditional modes of scholarly expression.


A fantastic group of people working on this project behind the scenes. Check out the Team and the check out the Journal Editorial Team! Yes a yearly peer reviewed journal!

It is a subscription model, fair prices I think (but yes, I'm in the team so take that into account)... anyone going patron level?

Follow on twitter too @DFWSociety


These are exciting times!


But the biggest thank you of all goes to Matt Bucher for pulling this all together. And for being the President we all admire.




Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 January 2017 00:26

DFW Bibliography of Secondary Criticism

The David Foster Wallace Research Group, guided by Stephen J. Burn, have released their online David Foster Wallace Bibliography of Secondary Criticism and it is wonderful.

From the page:

Compiled by members of the Glasgow David Foster Wallace Research Group, this regularly updated bibliography collates academic criticism that has been published on David Foster Wallace’s writing. It does not include the many excellent studies (such as Frederick Karl’s American Fictions 1980-2000 [2001]) that only mention Wallace’s work in passing, or theses and dissertations devoted to Wallace (many of which are available through the indispensable Howling Fantods page).

The bibliography aims for completeness, but please send citations of materials we’ve missed.


Check out the David Foster Wallace Bibliography of Secondary Criticism now.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 December 2016 14:04

OzWallace 2017 Call for Papers

Back after a bit of a much needed break with some excellent news:

The OzWallace 2017 Call for Papers

OzWallace 2017

September 1, 2 & 3

Melbourne, Australia

Call for Papers

On behalf of OzWallace 2017, the Conference Committee is sponsoring a call for academic, creative and alternative academic papers relating to all areas concerning the work of David Foster Wallace.

The Committee welcomes papers on any Wallace-related topic. Suggested topics may include:

• Wallace and gender

• Wallace and race

• Wallace and world literature

• Wallace and current events

Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their work at OzWallace 2017. Successful applicants should aim for a twenty-minute talk. Authors will usually be matched with one or two other participants in a panel, and should allow for a twenty-minute question and answer session after each panel.

Proposals for entire panels are also encouraged.

Call Paper Timetable:

Timely submission of the papers is critical to the success of the OzWallace 2017. The procedures and timetable enumerated below will apply.

1. Deadline for Proposals

By May 1 2017, authors should submit a 200-word abstract for their papers including the title, a short description of the topic(s) to be addressed, and the approach that will be taken. Proposals, along with authors’ contact information and a 100-word biography, should be submitted via e-mail to the Conference chair, Tony McMahon, at tony.mcmahon AT Please put "OzWallace 2017" in the subject line.

2. Acceptance of Proposals

By June 15 2017, the Conference Committee will make a decision on all proposals. The number of accepted proposals might be limited. The Committee will contact authors regarding their proposals.

The Conference Committee looks forward to receiving proposals in response to the call, and is happy to respond to inquiries from interested parties.


Questions may be addressed to Tony McMahon via e-mail at tony.mcmahon AT Your participation in this effort to produce new work on David Foster Wallace will contribute to the written body of knowledge on this author and to the success of OzWallace 2017.


More here:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 December 2016 13:49

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