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

Andrew Lewis Conn | Posted 05.29.2014 | 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 ...

Choose The Next HuffPost Book Club Book (VOTE)

Annemarie Dooling | Posted 08.22.2012 | Books

Update: You have spoken! Our next book has been decided and more information will be announced this week in the book club newsletter. We're wrappin...

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.