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(Week of 6/10/18)

We’ll admit it: none of us has finished Infinite Jest. Someday. Maybe. But we do still have an awful lot of appreciation for the great late American author, and even more so after having delved a little deeper into his thought, writing and inner conflicts. This week’s list offers some snippets of his writing to give a flavor, some commentary on why his writing matters and the 2015 James Ponsoldt film, which we are so glad to have an excuse to watch again.

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ON HIS OWN WORK

Listen to NPR’s Fresh Air interview with David Foster Wallace recorded just after the publication of Infinite Jest.

 

THE END OF THE TOUR

Watch The End of the Tour, a 2015 film about the reclusive author and read the Rolling Stone article by David Lipsky whose research inspired it.

 

EXCERPTS & REVIEWS

Read excerpts from Wallace's essay collection, A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again and The New York Review of Books coverage of Wallace's novels, Infinite Jest & The Pale King.

 

REACTIONS & TRIBUTES

Read Christian Lorentzen's coverage of DFW's legacy, McSweeney's tribute to him, and Vice's processing of his suicide.

 

closing remarks

Listen to Wallace's commencement address to Kenyon College based on his essay, "This is Water: Some Thoughts, delivered on a special occasion, about living a Compassionate Life."