David Foster Wallace
Monday, March 23, 2015
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Saturday, May 18, 2013
By Robert Krulwich : Host, Radiolab
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
Monday, December 07, 2009
By Jordan Sayle
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.
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 ...