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David Foster Wallace

A speech DFW gave at the 2005 Kenyon College commencement.

An excellent interview with DFW: includes a great deal of discussion of the purposes of art and fiction.

A listserv dedicated to DFW, and the list members are a charming bunch. Lots of OT stuff, if you don't mind that. Please tell 'em I sent you.

Infinite Jest
Infinite Jest is, IMHO, one of the best novels published in the last fifty years--and one of the most important. It's a hard read. Wallace asks a lot of the reader, and many readers I know bagged the task after a hundred pages or so. If you're struggling through it, hang in there. It's worth the chunk of your life you're exchanging.

Some IJ Links:

Infinite Jest: Reviews, Articles, and Miscellany

The Howling Fantods IJ page

Amazon.com IJ entry: Important because it has a "search within the text" feature. Can't remember where in the 1079 pages you saw the word glabrous? Relief is at hand . . . .

Posts on DFW

DFW on Irony

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