David Foster Wallace: The ‘Fresh Air’ Interview : NPR

In 1996, Wallace’s novel Infinite Jest was a critical and popular success. The new movie The End of The Tour recreates the author’s tour for that book. Originally broadcast March 5, 1997.

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