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David Foster Wallace

Is There Any Value to a Liberal Arts Education?

Lee Jefferson | Posted 07.18.2012 | College
Lee Jefferson

When a student who has been narrowly preparing for a specific field sees their plan radically altered, they have little to cushion their fall. At least a liberal arts model hones a student's thinking skills and intellectual development to be prepared for a change in plan.

Sobriety Rules At New York Gala Honoring Clive Davis

Liz Smith | Posted 07.17.2012 | Celebrity
Liz Smith

Clive, accepting the Richard J. Caron Award for Excellence, appeared to be deeply moved when he said, "I wish with all my heart Whitney had availed herself of the facilities at Caron." His remarks were brief and powerful.

Interview with Ben Fountain, Author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Teddy Wayne | Posted 06.28.2012 | Books
Teddy Wayne

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk time-warps back to the excesses of the Bush administration in following the titular protagonist, and the seven surviving members of Bravo Squad, for one afternoon as they receive a heroes' welcome during the Dallas Cowboys' Thanksgiving Day football game.

Too Much Fun: The 'Infinite Jest' Audiobook Has No Endnotes

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 04.20.2012 | Books

On March 27, Hachette Audio released David Foster Wallace's magnum opus "Infinite Jest" -- most of it, at least -- as a 56-hour-long audiobook. Th...

Bored to Death

Cole Hill | Posted 06.19.2012 | Books
Cole Hill

"The IRS knows very well that such qualities help insulate them from public protest and political opposition, and that abstruse dullness is actually a much more effective shield than is secrecy," says David Foster Wallace's in "The Pale King."

Considering Those Lobsters, and Getting Hungry Like Hemingway

Anna King | Posted 05.29.2012 | Books
Anna King

Gabrielle Hamilton's simple descriptions of enjoying salty cheese and a warm salted potato in Amsterdam have the same effect as Hemingway's descriptions of Parisian beer and potato salad: They make you hungry.

"I Took All of this for Granted"

Lori Day | Posted 05.19.2012 | Politics
Lori Day

What is at stake is women's ability to have authentic and freely chosen lives -- nothing less.

Harpo Marx and Roger Federer: An Awesome Match-Up

David Kersh | Posted 04.28.2012 | Home
David Kersh

Like Federer's kinetic beauty there is comedic beauty, and Harpo is at the front, leading the way.

Ostracism: Why It Produces Unique Voices That Can't Be Copied

Lisa Blackwell | Posted 04.03.2012 | Books
Lisa Blackwell

Great writers depict their unique quest for dignity with a freshness and accuracy that reverberates with their readers, especially those with similar experiences.

Read David Foster Wallace No-Edit Threat To Harper's

Posted 12.21.2011 | Home

Letters of Note has unearthed (via Flickr) a cover letter both funny and deadly serious that David Foster Wallace faxed to Harper's magazine demanding...

Footnoting David Foster Wallace: Part 1

Omer Rosen | Posted 11.20.2011 | Books
Omer Rosen

In a larger sense, all of Wallace's stylings are interruptions -- Brechtian reminders that what you are reading is a construction, that behind it is a man, with his own point of view, who has obsessively constructed the world you are experiencing as whole.

A Conversation with Karen Green on Art and Forgiveness

Max Benavidez | Posted 11.19.2011 | Arts
Max Benavidez

Artist Karen Green's latest show, "Tiny Stampede," opens Sept. 24, and presents a view into widowhood that is both cleansing and illuminating without ignoring the finality of death.

10 Books You Really Should Have Read In High School: An Alternate List | Posted 10.08.2011 | Books

This week, we came across this list of ‘books you really should have read in high school’ over at MSNBC’s Today Books. While their picks are def...

Screw Irony: What Jonathan Franzen Learned From David Foster Wallace

Charlie Alderman | Posted 08.29.2011 | Books
Charlie Alderman

James Woods describes Jonathan Franzen, as a "cultural ironist, always a twisted adjective ahead of his characters." I'd argue that this gloss of Franzen misrepresents his two most well-known novels.

Spotted Reading In Public: What's Everyone Else Reading This Summer?

Posted 08.21.2011 | Books

After a long, harsh winter, it is finally really warming up outside. And, boy, does it feel great! We're sure you're daydreaming of the exotic vaca...

What Your Favorite Author Says About You | Brandon Scott Gorrell | Posted 08.16.2011 | Books

If you love Hemingway, you probably have a certain respect for Manly Men; for stoicism, strict personal rules, chivalry, traditional gender roles, men...

Bad Trips: Wonderful Essays About Awful Travel Experiences | Posted 08.14.2011 | Books

Vacations are sacred, especially in America, where we work longer hours than our counterparts in Europe and still aren’t legally entitled to a singl...

‘A Frightening Time In America’: Previously Unpublished David Foster Wallace Interview

The New York Review of Books | Posted 08.14.2011 | Books

The following conversation is drawn from an interview I did with David Foster Wallace in September 2006 as part of a series of articles and radio piec...

Tonally Inappropriate Book Covers | Posted 08.06.2011 | Books

Everyone knows that you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but um, we kind of do it all the time. In fact, half the fun of that anachroni...

PHOTOS: 10 Writers’ Unruly, Manly Manes | Posted 07.10.2011 | Books

We were a little bit late in reading Jorian Polis Schutz’s analysis of manly manes in the last issue of Cabinet, titled “Barbers and Barbarians,...

How A Podiatrist Sign Became A Literary Icon | Tracy Clark | Posted 07.04.2011 | Books

F. Scott Fitzgerald's generation had its green light at the end of the dock in "The Great Gatsby," that symbol of unattainable dreams, and today's you...

Gregory Beyer

Death Becomes Them: The Imperfect Art of Posthumous Publishing | Gregory Beyer | Posted 06.21.2011 | Books

When an author dies, what happens to his unfinished manuscripts? From Max Brod’s famous refusal to burn the papers left behind by his friend Franz K...

A David Foster Wallace Primer | Posted 06.15.2011 | Books

If you’re already a David Foster Wallace fan we’re guessing that you won’t need our help pointing out that tomorrow marks the publication of his...

Book Review Roundup: David Foster Wallace's Posthumous Novel And A Guide To Modern Poetry

Posted 06.11.2011 | Books

"The Pale King" by David Foster Wallace Slate Incomplete or not, The Pale King is whole enough, a fully imagined, often exquisitely fleshed-out ...

Piecing Together A Posthumous David Foster Wallace Novel | CHARLES McGRATH | Posted 06.08.2011 | Books

In his office at Little Brown, where he is executive vice president and publisher, Michael Pietsch still has the tower of a manuscript and the handwri...