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Shorties (David Foster Wallace's Creative Nonfiction Syllabus, An Interview with Travis Morrison, and more)

Salon shared David Foster Wallace's creative nonfiction syllabus. PopMatters interviewed Dismemberment Plan frontman Travis Morrison. 12 online "best books of 2014" lists were added to the master aggregation at Largehearted Boy Saturday, including goodtoknow's best cookbooks, Laura Lippman's favorite books,...

David Foster Wallace's greatest hits

last weekOdd : Kottke.org

The David Foster Wallace Reader is a collection of Wallace's best, funniest, and most celebrated writing. Where do you begin with a writer as original and brilliant as David Foster Wallace? Here -- with a carefully considered selection...Show More Summary

The Chekhov of the Red States

Antonya Nelson is her name. If you haven't heard of her yet, that may be because she's still something of a writer's writer with book jackets full of arias of praise from the likes of Michael Chabon, Dave Eggers, David Foster Wallace, and Raymond Carver. Show More Summary

Alleged Wash. killer threated ex, too, she claims

Jessi Foster dated David Kalac ? the Kitsap County man who confessed to strangling his current girlfriend and posting photos of her dead body online?

How David Foster Wallace Taught Fiction Classes

A new book about the legendary writer contains, among other things, a full course syllabus

Sara & Erin Foster Celebrate Their Dad David Foster's Birthday

Sara and Erin Foster go for a stroll down Beverly Drive with two pals on Monday (November 3) in Beverly Hills, Calif. The comedy writer and performers are set to topline their own scripted series for VH1 that will follow two sisters who say they would never do a reality show. Over the weekend, the [...]

Wallace vs. The Program Era

Mark McGurl considers David Foster Wallace as a creature of the program era: And, more importantly for my purposes here, isn’t his relation to institutions what makes Wallace, in literary historical terms, most interest-ing? For me,Show More Summary

Jonathan Franzen Q & A

In the Indianpolis Star Will Higgins has a Q & A with Jonathan Franzen. J-Franz reveal his favorite TV shows, how many bird species he's seen (2,600 worldwide), and the fact that both he and David Foster Wallace have/had a one-handed backhand (increasingly rare at the pro level).

How to Become a Connective Leader Who Fosters Conviviality and Collaboration

Want to become a sought-after, connective leader? Then become the glue that bonds others together around their most talented sides. Consider this approach. In experiments, psychologist David Trafimow and colleagues asked half of theShow More Summary

On “Getting” Kafka

Recently, we considered how the author’s sense of injustice makes him well-suited for the Internet era. Now, in an essay that explores the many misuses of “Kafka-esque,” Sam Jordison looks back to a David Foster Wallace essay (pdf) on what makes the writer so funny: It’s not that students don’t ‘get’ Kafka’s humour but that […]

Books On Lego

by Rick Paulas BrickJest, a collaboration between Kevin Griffith, an English Professor at Capital University, and his eleven-year-old son, Sebastian, reenacts scenes from David Foster Wallace's most famous novel, even though Sebastian has not even read the book. Show More Summary

Quack This Way

2 months agoOdd : Kottke.org

One of the last interviews David Foster Wallace gave was with Bryan Garner, a lawyer and lexicographer who became friendly with Wallace due to their mutual love of language. That hour-long interview is reproduced in Quack This Way: David Foster Wallace & Bryan A. Show More Summary

Notorious Deadbeat Dad Jeff Toobin Wants Web Histories Forgotten

2 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Gawker

So much of editing is matching a writer to a story: Tennis player and super fan David Foster Wallace on Roger Federer. Ex-Wall Street trader Michael Lewis on the financial crisis. And, now, in this week's New Yorker, deadbeat father and alleged ass-play aficionado Jeffrey Toobin on the right to control one's Google results. Read more...

David Foster on Commercial Entertainment, the Redemptive Power of Reading, and the Future of Writing in the Age of Information

2 months agoOdd : Brain Pickings

The fun of reading as "an exchange between consciousnesses, a way for human beings to talk to each other about stuff we can't normally talk about." Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. Show More Summary

"Ex-Gays": Shut Up, Lady Gaga

2 months agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Brian Tashman writes at Right Wing Watch: An advertisement for ex-gay activist David Kyle Foster’s movie, “Such Were Some Of You,” ran during today’s edition of “The 700 Club.” The clip featured activists Michael Brown and Anne Paulk, and one young man who exclaimed: “I have to say, Lady Gaga, shut up. Show More Summary

Jason Segel's 6 favorite books

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (Back Bay, $18). I had the honor of playing David Foster Wallace in an upcoming film. I feel that Infinite Jest did a real service to humanity in an age where you're told to sit and accept television and advertising. Show More Summary

From the Archives: Bigfoot vs. Nessie? No Contest, Says Sasquatch Expert

As I was searching through the Omniovoracious archives yesterday for stories about David Foster Wallace (who died on Sept. 12, 2008--see yesterday's DFW remembrance), I came across this oldie-goodie from 2009... Don't get me wrong: I don't think there's any...

On The Anniversary Of His Death: Why Lawyers Love David Foster Wallace

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

David Foster Wallace captured the vices and virtues of a certain type of reader, a certain type of writer, a certain type of mind.

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