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Infinite Jest

The End of the Tour Fails to Capture the Energy of its Subject

Michael Darer | Posted 08.25.2015 | Books
Michael Darer

Wallace and his work (Infinite Jest in particular) have been formative and dear to me in a way that's difficult to express without sounding disturbed. Wallace's prose is absolutely singular, combining brilliant playful formalism, gleeful trivia and an unabashed devotion to raw sincerity.

New York Magazine's David Foster Wallace Faux Pas

Steven Petite | Posted 08.24.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

There is nothing wrong with not liking the writing of David Foster Wallace, but placing all of his many fans in a bubble of "literary chauvinism" is an unjust and narrow-minded approach to express said dislike.

The Beauty of The Human Condition Resonates at The End of the Tour

Steven Petite | Posted 08.07.2015 | Entertainment
Steven Petite

The End of the Tour is focused on human connection through conversing openly, and considering that the contents of these conversations came directly from two perspicacious writers, it never ceases to fascinate and enlighten.

With Jason Segel at Lunch at the Lotos Club: Celebrating of the End of the Tour

Regina Weinreich | Posted 08.06.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

By 1996, upon the publication of the gargantuan novel Infinite Jest, its author David Foster Wallace was the envy of writers. Touted in exalted ways, praised as brilliant, his work produced an "anxiety of influence" for the literary.

Jason Segel Talks About Playing David Foster Wallace in "The End of the Tour"

Nell Minow | Posted 08.06.2015 | Entertainment
Nell Minow

Jason Segel gives a performance of enormous compassion and sensitivity as author David Foster Wallace in The End of the Tour. The film is based on the audiotapes of a four-day marathon interview of Wallace by Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky, played by Jesse Eisenberg.

The New David Foster Wallace Film Is Exactly The 'Grotesque Parody' He Feared

The Huffington Post | Colton Valentine | Posted 07.31.2015 | Arts

“The End of the Tour” opened Friday with a well-deserved 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg have, by many accou...

The Stars of The 1,000 Page Club

Steven Petite | Posted 07.13.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

While we live in an era where a large portion of the population likely dedicates a vast majority of their leisurely reading time glossing over 140 character snippets from friends, family, and celebrities via Twitter, there is an alternative for brave individuals, the novel.

Why Short Stories Matter Now More Than Ever

Steven Petite | Posted 06.18.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

If F. Scott Fitzgerald was alive today and writing, his income would be roughly half a million dollars a year. In his prime writing days, Fitzgerald was pulling in well over ten thousand dollars a year on short stories alone.

6 Types of Aggravating Readers

Steven Petite | Posted 07.15.2014 | Books
Steven Petite

There are certain types of book readers that tend to take it too far. There are times in conversations about novels where the only thing running through the mind is, "Come on, seriously?" or "Oh not this again," or the best of them all, "I wish you didn't know how to read."

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

‘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...

Lying About Reading: Who's Keeping Score? | Posted by Elizabeth Minkel | Posted 07.25.2011 | Books

Big books have never really been my thing. The sweeping epics, the Great Russian Novels by the Great Russian Writers, the thousand-page masterpieces: ...

The Stockholm Syndrome Theory Of Long Novels | Posted 07.16.2011 | Books

I used to be the kind of reader who gives short shrift to long novels. I used to take a wan pleasure in telling friends who had returned from a tour o...

The Guardian's Literary Clock: Building 24 Hours Of Literary References To Time | Posted 07.10.2011 | Books

Amy Hertz, The Huffington Post: The Guardian has compiled a chart of literary references to time. Everything from Shakespeare to Jonathan Franzen, the...

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...

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...

Far From the Flames, I Empathize With David Foster Wallace in The Pale King

Tom Ruprecht | Posted 06.04.2011 | Books
Tom Ruprecht

Friends of Wallace have already expressed worry that the author's suicide will affect how readers experience his posthumous The Pale King. I agree that it will. But is that really the reader's fault? And is it necessarily a bad thing?

13 Books Nobody's Read But Says They Have (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Gabe Habash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Books are a funny thing. For hundreds of years, reading has been considered one of the highest forms of enlightenment. Because of the meaning and valu...

Reading In Public: What Are People Reading? (PHOTOS, POLL)

The Huffington Post | Amy Hertz and Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Love reading books and trying to figure out what to pick up next? Look no farther than the person sitting next to you anywhere in public. Instead of l...