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

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    On February 21, 1996, David Foster Wallace came to Boston. He was the not-quite recognized writer of the massive book, Infinite Jest, which was just beginning to capture the attention of reviewers, readers and a generation of writers. Chris interviewed David Foster Wallace on The Connection, and said he thought Wallace was "living in between a moment of cultish obscurity and international artistic celebrity, perhaps even immortality."

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  2. David Foster Wallace on Gen X, “Infinite Jest” and a life of writing (1996)

    David Foster Wallace appeared on "The Connection" with Christopher Lydon on February 21, 1996 to promote "Infinite Jest". The interview turned up as we planned a radio show about that novel’s Boston roots. Wallace talks addiction, generations, Boston AA, and more here; find out more at radioopensource.org, and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.

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  3. David Foster Wallace conversation with John O’Brien

    David Foster Wallace conversation with John O’Brien Wednesday December 6 2000. Edited from the Lannan Foundation, Lannan Readings & Conversations. ccording to Wallace, "fiction’s about what it is to be a fucking human being," expressing a desire to write "morally passionate, passionately moral fiction" that could help readers "become less alone inside." Mr. Wallace received a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction in 1996.

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  4. The Leonard Lopate Show: David Foster Wallace

    David Foster Wallace may have written other books, but he really first made a mark in the literary scene with his 1,079-page, three-pound-three-ounce novel, Infinite Jest. Jay McInerney called it “something like a sleek Vonnegut chassis wrapped in layers of post-millennial Zola.” David Foster Wallace had been teaching at Pomona College when he died on Friday, September 12, 2008. He discussed Infinite Jest in 1996 with Leonard.

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  5. David Foster Wallace interview on “Infinite Jest” on WPR (1996)

    "Infinite Jest" is a 1996 novel by David Foster Wallace. The lengthy and complex work takes place in a North American dystopia, centering on a junior tennis academy and a nearby substance-abuse recovery center. The novel touches on many topics, including addiction and recovery, suicide, family relationships, entertainment and advertising, film theory, United States-Canada relations (as well as Quebec separatism), and tennis. The novel includes 388 endnotes that cap almost a thousand pages of prose, which, together with its detailed fictional world, have led to its categorization as an encyclopedic novel. Check out these David Foster Wallace books on Amazon! The Life of David Foster Wallace: https://geni.us/7xzix Conversations with David Foster Wallace: https://geni.us/HHYcGBe Infinite Jest: https://geni.us/RwhKG Find RARE and SIGNED David Foster Wallace books here: http://affiliates.abebooks.com/c/1928440/77798/2029?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.abebooks.com%2Fservlet%2FSearchResults%3Fan%3DDavid%2520Foster%2520Wallace%26bi%3D0%26bx%3Doff%26ds%3D30%26servlet%3DImpactRadiusAffiliateLinkEntry%26sortby%3D20

    A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the pursuit of happiness in America. Set in an addicts’ halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recen…

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  6. Infinite Jest and the Internet

    David Foster Wallace’s 1996 novel Infinite Jest imagines a not-too-distant future in which the equivalents of Hulu and Netflix streaming kill the advertising business to such an extent that the government decides to save the economy with "sponsored time": hence, a great deal of the novel’s action takes place in the "Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment." The book is deeply (if hilariously) pessimistic about people’s chances of connecting with one another in a culture built on one-way media consumption — this pessimism, of course, is represented most baldly by The Entertainment, a technology-enhanced movie so entertaining that anyone who once sees it becomes incapable of doing anything other than watching it over and over again. This panel will, broadly speaking, address the question of whether David Foster Wallace was or would have been a Clay Shirky fan. In other words, would (did) Wallace believe that the Internet is better for us than TV because we are active participants in the creation of Internet content? Why are the digerati enamored of Infinite Jest, and what can the book tell us about the Internet’s potential to help or hinder human connection?

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  7. This Is Water David Foster Wallace 2005 Kenyon College Commencement Speech

    This Is Water David Foster Wallace 2005 Kenyon College Commencement Speech This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life is an essay by David Foster Wallace, first published in book form by Little, Brown and Company in 2009. The text originates from a commencement speech given by Wallace at Kenyon College on May 21, 2005. Before Little, Brown’s publication, a transcript of the speech circulated around the Internet. The essay was also published in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006.[1] This essay covers subjects including "the difficulty of empathy," "the importance of being well adjusted," and "the essential lonesomeness of adult life."[1] A nine minute video with Wallace’s voice of the speech was produced by The Glossary and published on the internet in May 2013.[2] This was subsequently removed from YouTube and Vimeo on 21 May due to "a copyright claim by David Foster Wallace Literary Trust" after receiving more than 4 million views.

    David Foster Wallace (February 21, 1962 — September 12, 2008) was an award-winning American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and professor at Pomona College in Claremont, California. Wallace is widely known for his 1996 novel Infinite Jest,[13][14] which was cited as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005 by Time magazine.[15] Los Angeles…

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