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David Foster Wallace Fan…Or No?

A new film about David Foster Wallace was released on Friday. The End of the Tour stars Jason Segel as DFW and Jesse Eisenberg as David Lipsky.

We’ve talked about the film here on 101 Books before, just briefly. It covers the time in which Lipsky, a writer for the Rolling Stone, followed Wallace on a book tour right as Infinite Jest was blowing up and Wallace was becoming famous.

I’ve yet to see the film, and today’s Monday question isn’t really about the film. It’s more about DFW.  Read more


A Film About David Foster Wallace Is Coming

I’m quite intrigued by this.

A film about David Foster Wallace is on the way, and will release in theaters on July 31. The movie stars Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg as David Lipsky.

It’s based on Lipsky’s 2010 book, Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, which followed Lipsky and DFW on a five-day road trip right after Infinite Jest blew up and became a huge success.  Read more

Dave Eggers Loves Infinite Jest, Or Does He?

It seems like ages ago when I read Infinite Jest. When was that? 2011 to be precise. I had one kid at the time, and he wasn’t even one yet. My blog was in its early awkward years…my mom was reading 101 Books, and maybe three or four of you, but that’s about it.

I loved the novel as a whole, but it’s like one big blur. So if you asked me to summarize it off the cuff, I couldn’t. Hopefully, my two-part review would do a decent job of that. And I would hope that if I re-read the novel today, my take would be similar to what it was in 2011. But would it?

This article on Ed Rants brings up the point. In 1996, Dave Eggers (you might know him from A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and as the founder of McSweeneys) reviewed Infinite Jest for The San Francisco Chronicle.

He wasn’t much of a fan: Read more

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.

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One Question For 10 Famous Authors

Today’s post is kind of like my 20 Questions series, but with more of a specific focus.

If you could ask a famous author one question, what would you ask him or her? It’s that simple.

To get things rolling, I’ll start with questions I would ask to 10 famous authors (either dead or alive):

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Howling Fantods Or Howling Skitters?

I love it when writers make up funny crap—especially when they create strange words.

Twice during this 101 Books journey, I’ve encountered the term “howling” used in a humorous way.

The first time was during David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. When a character had the “howling fantods,” they had the “creeps.” You might call it the “willies” or the “heebie jeebies.”

Here’s an example of the howling fantods in context from the novel:

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24 Hours Of Infinite Jest?

I can’t think of one thing, maybe other than breathing, that I would, of my own free will, do for 24 hours.

Of all the things I would not do, somewhere in the upper portions of that list would be to watch a 24 hour play of Infinite Jest.

Wait a minute, you ask…Infinite Jest has been adapted into a play? Why, yes. Yes it has. Leave it to our German friends. An expiremental theater company in Berlin, Hebbel am Ufer, embraced this epic undertaking—with mixed results, if you read Aaron Wiener’s review on Slate.

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