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David Foster Wallace Like You’ve Never Seen Him

In 1996, David Foster Wallace was interviewed by Leonard Lopate on New York’s NPR radio station.

They talked about DFW’s take on ambition.

As always, he had a lot of interesting, thoughtful stuff to say. And the interview was memorable enough that a nonprofit called Blank on Blank turned it into a pretty awesome animation.

This is David Foster Wallace like you’ve never seen him before.

(HT: Huffington Post)

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  1. Loved it. Thanks for passing it along. I read a few pages of The Pale King last week — which as you know has boredom as one of its themes. The book’s voice is totally devoid of emotion. Very eerie. A bad choice of writing material for him in his depressed state, I think.

    And with regard to grammar nazism … I would have gotten the C in his class. In my world, rules are allowed to be broken or ignored. Life’s too short for persnicketiness.

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    June 17, 2013
    • That book sounds rough. I haven’t heard of anyone who loved it. I still find it interesting that they chose to publish it even though he never finished the book and it was clearly in draft state.

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      June 17, 2013
  2. It’s interesting. The more you show me about DFW, the moire intrigued I become. I’ve never read his work, thinking that they were “onanistic” as he put it. But he turns out to be more genuine than I had ever imagined. Thank you for showing me this.

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    June 17, 2013
    • Do it. Go back and read all my posts about Infinite Jest and DFW. It took me about 6 weeks to read that book, so I had a lot of posts. I’d suggest reading some of his shorter stuff first, particularly “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again.” I link to most of my posts about DFW in this post. https://101books.net/2011/05/13/looking-back-on-infinite-jest/ From that post, you’ll find a link to the essay I mention above.

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      June 17, 2013
  3. I’m absolutely obsessed with this video series. It’s so creative and illuminating. Anyone who enjoyed this should also check out their take on Jim Morrison’s interview on being fat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhszZ53SEC8.

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    June 17, 2013
  4. Reblogged this on Allegra.

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    June 17, 2013
  5. Great Video

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    June 18, 2013
  6. I just re-wrote my list of famous people I’d like to have over for a dinner party to include DFW. Could you imagine the discussion with this guy?

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    June 18, 2013
    • No I can’t. He was so smart, it might be intellectually draining. Every conversation about the meaning of life…or tennis.

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      June 18, 2013
      • Hmm. Don’t you guys get the feeling that every conversation might be about the meaning of life, but only beneath the surface of many conversations about very specific and defamiliarizing things about everyday life? I can see the mentally draining thing possibly being true, but the more I read him and hear interviews, I really think he dropped the pretense by the time Infinite Jest came out and I find him to be really a pleasant guy. Which flies in the face of the uber-smart, chronically bored, suicidally depressed symbol that we can, if we’re not careful, assign to him. I agree with Greg – I sometimes feel like not having dinner with DFW will end up being the largest void in my life. Great post though, Robert.

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        June 20, 2013
  7. I wrote an article for a local paper once. The editor kindly published it. Then, he handed me a book by David Foster Wallace and told me to read it. My journalistic writing has never been the same.

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    June 23, 2013
  8. I met the CEO of Stone Brewing Company a couple of months ago. He’s also a long haired, bearded, hippie looking guy. Maybe creative geniuses just have better things to do than shave.

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    June 23, 2013
  9. I like the video. It reminds me of the commercial with the guy who wants to quit smoking.

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    June 23, 2013

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