Wednesday, September 28 2011
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
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
“Reading Wallace,” says literary critic James Wood, “is like playing a reed instrument. When do you take a breath?”
Wednesday, September 17 2008
Nicholson Baker. Bill Murray. Mark Leyner. David Byrne. Steve Martin. The Coen Brothers. And in the middle of it all, David Foster Wallace.
Thursday, January 10 2013
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
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.
Monday, December 1 2003
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.
Monday, March 4 2013
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
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