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David Foster Wallace

The Takeaway

How David Foster Wallace Found Tranquility in the Tax Code

Monday, March 23, 2015

When Wallace won a "genius grant" in 1997, he moved to Illinois, started taking tax accounting courses at a state college, and discovered the spiritual side of khakis and the IRS.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

New Theater Gets High Profile at 'Under the Radar' Fest

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The Public Theater’s annual festival features an intense and international lineup, including a "remixed" David Foster Wallace essay.

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New Tech City

Biographies in the Age of Email

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

For centuries, biographers have relied on letters to bring historical figures to life, from Gandhi to Catherine the Great. But over the past two decades, most people have switched from writing paper letters to email.

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Radiolab

David Foster Wallace Tells Us About Freedom

Saturday, May 18, 2013

What do you get when you get a college diploma? To hear David Foster Wallace tell it, you get a muscle that will help you forever after — in shopping lines, overcrowded parking lots, in traffic jams. This muscle, he says, frees you when the world gets painfully dull.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

David Foster Wallace talks Ambition with Leonard Lopate

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

"If your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything." So tells the celebrated and deceased author David Foster Wallace in a 1996 interview with Leonard Lopate Show. In this Blank on Blank digital animation, Wallace talks about his thoughts on ambition.

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Studio 360

The Legacy of David Foster Wallace

Friday, September 07, 2012

New Yorker staff writer D.T. Max has written the first major biography of author David Foster Wallace, Every Love Story is a Ghost Story. In it he uncovers how the author was personally stuck in a state of “perpetual adolescence,” symbolized by the signature bandana he wore ...

Bonus Track: David Foster Wallace reads from Infinite Jest

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The Takeaway

David Foster Wallace's Editor on 'The Pale King'

Monday, April 11, 2011

When David Foster Wallace took his own life in September of 2008, he left behind reams of unfinished work and a veritable young generation of readers still hungry for his work. This week, posthumous novel "The Pale King" is released from Wallace's long time publisher Little Brown. The book is unfinished, but was assembled from DFW's raggedy genius by longtime editor Michael Pietsch. Peitsch talks about how emotional it is for an editor to bring a book into the world when it's author is gone.

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Transportation Nation

On the Road with David Foster Wallace

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Writers love road trips.  From Homer to Kerouac, travel is work and grist for their mill.  It was the same for David Foster Wallace, who chronicled everything from the ugliness of luxury cruises to getting car sick on rides at the Illinois State Fair.  The tables are turned in the new book, "Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace."  David Lipsky, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, got to ride with Foster Wallace, as he went on book tour with his hit "Infinite Jest" in 1996.  The best part is, Lipsky never got to write a story about it, and the recordings he made of the trip were never aired.  Until now.  This morning, Lipsky, his tape and Foster Wallace's sister appeared on The Takeaway.

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Features

Road Trip Reading, Before Getting in the Car

Friday, June 25, 2010

Our selection of road trip–themed stories, books, and shows to get you started on your own soul-searching adventure.

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Studio 360

360 Staff Pick: Zadie Smith changes her mind

Monday, December 07, 2009

Who knew procrastination could be so fruitful?  Smith (White Teeth) wrote the essays collected here while missing deadlines for her novels. Among them: her father's experiences during the invasion of Normandy; thoughts on E.M. Forster and David Foster Wallace; and idolizing the women Katherine Hepburn played.  The biggest surprise is her movie reviews -- nothing's stale about her takes on 'Munich,' 'Capote,' and 'Shopgirl.' And so much better than the films you never saw in the first place.

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Studio 360

Infinite Summer

Friday, July 03, 2009

This week on Studio 360 we take a look at F. Scott Fitzgerald's American classic The Great Gatsby. We might not like to admit it, but Gatsby's popularity--and its iconic status--has more than a little to do with length.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

David Foster Wallace

Monday, March 04, 1996

David Foster Wallace may have written other books, but he really first made a mark in the literary scene with his 1,079-page, three-pound-three-ounce novel, Infinite Jest. Jay McInerney called it “something like a sleek Vonnegut chassis wrapped in layers of post-millennial Zola.” David Foster Wallace had been teaching at Pomona ...

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