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David Foster Wallace

'The Stranger': A Conversation with Harlan Coben

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 03.25.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Harlan Coben is known to readers everywhere. His first novel was published when he was 26, and after two stand-alone thrillers, Play Dead in 1990 and Miracle Cure in 1991, he began writing the popular Myron Bolitar series.

What Makes a Parent a Smart Parent

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 03.12.2015 | Parents
Christopher A. Brown

Don't wait until you're at your wit's end before seeking advice on how to be a better parent generally and in specific situations. Part of being a smart parent is realizing you're not as smart as you think.

How 5 Great Writers Got Started on Their First Novels

Sarah Stodola | Posted 03.12.2015 | Books
Sarah Stodola

While working on my book Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors, I found that even for the best writers in the world, getting started can be the hardest part. Here's how 5 great authors found what they needed to get going on their very first novels.

The Weirdo Hero: Filmmaker Creates a Movie to Show What Depression Feels Like and to Inspire Those Who Suffer to Seek Help

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 03.11.2015 | Impact
Christy Heitger-Ewing

Last summer when Robin Williams took his life, it invited public conversation about depression and suicide -- topics that generally are considered tab...

Losing: The Soul Of A Writer

Peter Schwartz | Posted 03.04.2015 | Books
Peter Schwartz

Tolstoy and Proust literally. Fitzgerald could claim Francis Scott Key ancestry. Pynchon descended from Puritan William Pynchon, the founder of Springfield, Massachusetts in 1636. No losers there.

Matthew Jacobs

Sundance's Best Performance Belongs To Jason Segel

HuffingtonPost.com | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 01.26.2015 | Entertainment

It's early, but let's prep Jason Segel's Oscar campaign just to be safe. James Ponsoldt's "The End of the Tour," which premiered Friday at the Sundanc...

Federer: In Truth and Beauty and 1000 Wins

The Good Men Project | Posted 03.22.2015 | Sports
The Good Men Project

Genius is not replicable. Inspiration, though, is contagious, and multiform -- and even just to see, close up, power and aggression made vulnerable to beauty is to feel inspired and (in a fleeting, mortal way) reconciled.

Some Thoughts on MFA vs. NYC and Planting My Flag with the Huns

Andrew Lewis Conn | Posted 07.29.2014 | Books
Andrew Lewis Conn

That's what writing a novel is like. No matter the precautions and preparation, dangers abound. The game is rigged; the odds of success and survival are not good. MFA vs. NYC? Yeah, sure, exactly. Whatever it takes, however you get there, and everything in between.

David Foster Wallace's Family Is NOT Happy About Movie Plans

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 04.22.2014 | Entertainment

David Foster Wallace’s family is not happy with Hollywood’s plans to turn his life into a movie. Funnyman Jason Segel stars as the famous auth...

This Brilliant, Uncompromising Graduation Speech Only Gets Better With Time

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 04.16.2014 | College

David Foster Wallace, widely considered one of the most brilliant writers of his generation, wrote prolifically about an incredibly wide spectrum of h...

Jason Segel Set To Play David Foster Wallace In New Biopic

Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment

Jason Segel is best known for conjuring up laughs in movies like "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and on the long-running television series "How I Met Your...

Are Young Writers Interesting?

Steven Petite | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Steven Petite

Then Junot Diaz asked me a question: "What could you possibly write that would interest people?" This being a reference to my age, and possibly my closed-off suburban background. I know that it was not meant as an insult, but at the same time, how would he know if my writing could interest people just by looking at me?

Consider the Slaughterhouse

Bob Comis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Bob Comis

The ultimate purpose of my farm, though not the whole point, is to raise animals to be slaughtered so that we can eat their meat. Though it is arguably better to treat an animal as an animal rather than a widget, in either case we are assuming that an animal does not have the same capacity for feeling as a human.

You Get to Choose

Flynn Coleman | Posted 12.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Flynn Coleman

Waiting in line can be a tedious experience. It can also be an opportunity to be mindful, an excuse to dream, or a chance to meet new and interesting people.

Famous Author Job Search Tips

Roger Wright | Posted 11.10.2013 | Books
Roger Wright

What if reading Elmore Leonard, F. Scott Fitzgerald or any great author could help you find a job?Sounds crazy. Or at best a gimmick. Until you start thinking about what really helps people find jobs.

Meaningful Work in The Pale King: In Memory of David Foster Wallace, Five Years On

Christopher Michaelson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.10.2013 | Books
Christopher Michaelson, Ph.D.

That point is the solace the author left behind for us, as we mourn the fifth anniversary of Wallace's untimely passing with the recognition that no more new words from him are forthcoming.

In the Writing #3: Undermining the Unreliable Narrator in Wilfred

Jesse Damiani | Posted 11.04.2013 | TV
Jesse Damiani

Every written narrative has a narrator, the story's teller. Narrators can take a variety of forms; in some instances, they are active participants in the plot, in others they report details from a remove.

The Office: Finding The Sacred In The Everyday

Bradley B. Onishi | Posted 07.17.2013 | Religion
Bradley B. Onishi

The Office showed us that the mundane has the power to be--often simultaneously and often powerfully--sacred and profane.

David Foster Wallace's Brilliant 'This Is Water' Commencement Address Is Now A Great Short Film

William McGuinness | Posted 07.08.2013 | College
William McGuinness

Take a break from reading and watch this fantastic short film -- an adaptation of David Foster Wallace's major commencement speech delivered on May 21, 2005 at Kenyon College. Don't forget to come back, though.

WATCH: David Foster Wallace Interview As Beautiful Animation

Posted 04.17.2013 | Books

David Foster Wallace gave many interviews, but none have looked as beautiful as Blank on Blank's animation based on the interview he gave to Leonard L...

Silence of the Poets: Writers and Antidepressants

Andrew Shaffer | Posted 05.28.2013 | Books
Andrew Shaffer

It's an exercise in futility to try to hypothesize what effect antidepressants would have had on long-gone writers like Poe and Baudelaire. Whether you function or not is a more pertinent question than whether or not antidepressants or substance abuse "silences the soul."

The Quiet Heroism of 'Right Living'

Michael Sigman | Posted 03.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Sigman

Quietly going about one's business -- putting in time as an IRS agent, serving in the army, working toward winning the Heisman or performing small acts of kindness for their own sake -- is a noble and satisfying pursuit. Far easier said than done, but surely not impossible.

The Book We're Talking About This Week

Posted 11.05.2012 | Books

Both Flesh and Not by David Foster Wallace Little, Brown and Company, $26.99 November 6, 2012 What is it about? It's a posthumous book of essay...

Why We Love Mystery Novels: Murder, Mayhem, and Cultural Mirrors

Holly Robinson | Posted 11.13.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

Most of us who are avid readers as adults probably cut our teeth on mysteries. This summer, I have devoured so many amazing mystery novels that I started analyzing why this genre appeals to me so much.

WATCH: Book Trailer Pays Homage To David Foster Wallace

Posted 08.31.2012 | Books

D.T. Max's new book trailer for David Foster Wallace biography "Every Love Story is a Ghost Story" pays homage to to the literary great by talking to ...