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Wednesday, September 28 2011

The Collision of 'Roadside Picnic' and 'Infinite Jest'

We have love and jealousy and revenge. All this from a McArthur grant recipient with a reputation as one of the most challenging and polarizing writers of his generation. What's going on?


Tuesday, April 19 2011

The Ferocious Morality of David Foster Wallace

Any relationship with Wallace is destined for generosity, spirituality, and given the honesty and vulnerability of the writer, intimacy. It’s also going to be a serious challenge. It will challenge the reader’s intellect, ideology, and most of all, conception of morality.


Wednesday, June 2 2010

Infinite Gesturing?: James Wood Takes on David Foster Wallace

“Reading Wallace,” says literary critic James Wood, “is like playing a reed instrument. When do you take a breath?”


Wednesday, September 17 2008

This is Water: Remembering David Foster Wallace

Nicholson Baker. Bill Murray. Mark Leyner. David Byrne. Steve Martin. The Coen Brothers. And in the middle of it all, David Foster Wallace.


Columns

Thursday, January 10 2013

In America, Imagination is a Third Party: The Presidency in Fiction

Fiction lets us to explore our weirdest speculations and darkest fears about the person who sits in the White House. Is reality, under America's current president, worse than fiction?


Monday, June 6 2011

David Foster Wallace's Posthumous 'The Pale King' Explores Self-Consciousness As a Disease

The problem with The Pale King is not that it killed a great writer, but that a great writer’s own problems became the narrowing factor for what might have been his greatest work.


Reviews

Monday, December 1 2003

Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity by David Foster Wallace

This account of infinity is enough to make a head reel, as paradoxes, mind games, and riddles that left the greatest minds in mathematics stumped for ages are packed into a matter of a few hundred pages.


Blogs

Monday, March 4 2013

David Foster Wallace Unpacks Pop Fiction

A newly available syllabus from a 1994 class taught by David Foster Wallace shows a great willingness to engage with mass-market fiction on a critical level.


Monday, July 27 2009

Infinite Flameout

I really wanted to get with the zeitgeist and read David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest this summer. But at page 236, in the middle of a


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