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The Essential Creepiness Of DFW Fandom

by Dish Staff Mike Miley owns up to it in a fascinating essay about his experiences at the David Foster Wallace Archive at the University of Texas, confessing, “I came to Austin as a stalker, the kind of person who ought to be the recipient of a restraining order, not a research fellowship”: The fellowship […]

Warrington, England-based architect-turned-artist David Foster...

Warrington, England-based architect-turned-artist David Foster uses a hammer and nails to create beautiful pointillistic works of art. His portraits are particularly impressive. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, Foster’s pieces...Show More Summary

From fan fiction to tattoo sleeves: The weirdest David Foster Wallace-inspired art

Now that we have erasure poetry made from "Infinite Jest," a look at some of the other works of art DFW has spawned

Flowchart: David Foster Wallace On How To Live A Compassionate Life

In "This Is Water," David Foster Wallace offers thoughts on living a compassionate life. Jessica Hagy beautifully illustrates them here. David Foster Wallace's "This Is Water," an essay derived from his 2005 commencement speech at Kenyon College, has become one of the most famous pieces of 21st-century writing on living a compassionate life. Show More Summary

Wallace Marginalia

The writing on this is horrifyingly bad, but there is some interesting information here about the things David Foster Wallace wrote in books he read.

David Foster -- Whitney Houston Had Bad DNA

Mega-music producer David Foster says Whitney Houston's deteriorating voice was not the result of drug abuse... she was just saddled with bad DNA.Foster knew Whitney's highs and lows better than most.  He produced some of her tracks from "The…

A Short Story For Saturday

by Matthew Sitman It seems fitting to feature a story about depression this week, and few wrote about what it feels like with more acuity than David Foster Wallace. Here’s the opening paragraph of his “The Planet Trillaphon As It Stands In Relation To The Bad Thing” (pdf), published in 1984 in The Amherst Review: […]

O Captain! My Captain! David Foster Wallace, Robin Williams, Walt Whitman, and the Unholy Ghost of Suicide

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"My Captain does not answer... he has no pulse nor will." Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. If it brings you any joy and inspiration, please consider a modest donation – it lets me know I'm doing something right.

Lobsters were once only fed to poor people and prisoners

That Surf and Turf now costs an arm and a leg thanks to lobster's recent resurgence in popularity. But, as David Foster Wallace's famous essay, Consider the Lobster illustrated, throughout Colonial-era America, the crustacean was considered...Show More Summary

Spoiling Infinite Jest

There are three kinds of readers of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest: those who feel some niggling guilt about that brick on their bookshelf, those who’ve read it (proudly) but secretly may have no idea what happened in that tangled ending, and the people responsible for this excellent infographic. Show More Summary

Resident Evil's Milla Jovovich Gets Inspired By David Foster Wallace's Commencement Speech

Milla Jovovich stands out in red flats while touching down at LAX Airport on Friday (August 8) in Los Angeles. Last weekend, the 38-year-old actress looked chic in a pair of cropped jeans while jetting out of the same airport. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Milla Jovovich “I wanted to share this link [...]

David Foster Wallace on Writing, Self-Improvement, and How We Become Who We Are

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"Good writing isn’t a science. It’s an art, and the horizon is infinite. You can always get better." Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. If it brings you any joy and inspiration, please consider a modest donation – it lets me know I'm doing something right.

“The.” “Dialogue?” “Novel!”

Writing a novel using only dialogue is a huge constraint, but it has been employed to perfection by a diverse array of writers, including Diderot, Donald Barthelme, David Foster Wallace, Lauren Myracle, and Thomas King.

6 Discoveries From Near and Far, Volume V

I. Around the World Things I found on long walks in foreign cities, or perhaps when someone posted them on Twitter. Interview with David Foster Wallace — “Somehow we’ve allowed the culture to teach us that the point of living is to get as much as you can and experience as much pleasure as you…

Poetry As Tribute: Erasing David Foster Wallace's 'Infinite Jest'

We are all erased. All lives end eventually, whether at the hands of time or illness, intention or accident. What's left in their stead, however, is never a complete absence. Family, friends and colleagues weave new stories from memories...Show More Summary

L.B. Foster's (FSTR) CEO Robert Bauer on Q2 2014 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

L.B. Foster Co (NASDAQ:FSTR) Q2 2014 Results Conference Call August 04, 2014 – 11:00 AM E.T. Executives David Russo – SVP, CFO Robert Bauer – President, CEO Analysts Mike Baudendistel – Stifel Nicolaus & Company Brian Rafn – Morgan Dempsey Capital Management Brent Thielman – D.A. Show More Summary

Parents Gone Wild! David and Liz Carroll killed their foster child, Marcus Fiesel, by binding him up, and leaving him in a closet with no food or water, where the heat ended up killing him

Marcus Fiesel Find-A-Grave: Marcus Fiesel Memory Of: Marcus Fiesel 2002-2006 Marcus Fiesel Finally to Be Laid to Rest Short, sad life of Marcus Who Weeps for the Children? Marcus Fiesel Memorial Fund o Liz Carroll breaks silence on foster son’s death Murderpedia: Liz M. Carroll Wikipedia: Marcus Fiesel Murder witness in Marcus Fiesel case goes […]

Space Invaders

by Betsy Morais Tourists are freaks. (For context: I work in Times Square.) Tourists are unnatural to the environment into which they insert themselves; they walk funny; they talk wrong. David Foster Wallace wrote (in a footnote) that to be a tourist “is to spoil, by way of sheer ontology, the very unspoiledness you are there to experience. Show More Summary

Flavorwire Author Club: Never Mind David Foster Wallace, Here’s Nora Ephron

Joan Didion and David Foster Wallace are two of the most common points of comparison for contemporary essayists who blur the line between cultural criticism and their own personal experience. Whether their books border on memoir or their...Show More Summary

'Real Housewives' Daughter Busted for DUI

Bella Hadid -- the daughter of Yolanda Foster -- ?who appears on "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" -- was arrested early Tuesday morning for DUI... TMZ has learned.Bella -- whose step dad is legendary music producer David Foster

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