Posts Tagged ‘David Foster Wallace’
-David Foster Wallace interviewing on why he dropped out of Harvard.
My brain is in the incipient stages of being able to process things again. If my yearly patterns of seasonal affective go-fuck-yourself disorder play out as normal, I’ll be interested in talking about stuff and things on a regular basis by April.
Hello blog. How are you? Neglected? Yeah…
Quick Dirty Jerz politics update:
Senator Lautenberg, who is quite possibly the most lucid relic of the Great Depression, has finally announced at the age of 89 that he’s going to retire. Mayor of Newark Cory Booker, who is actually a superhero, should slide right into the warm seat in 2014.
He probably won’t be ready for a Presidential bid by 2016, but how feisty would be a Booker/Christie debate be?
Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: cory booker, David Foster Wallace, delusion, lautenberg, quotes
I realized I completely passed over WTF Wednesday. I think I browsed over some weird news but didn’t find much worth posting. The news has been boring lately; everyone already knows Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are terrible people.
Anyway, I’m in the middle of reading, “Every Love Story is a Ghost Story, A Life of David Foster Wallace” by D.T. Max. It’s mostly like reading every biographical piece on Wallace already written, except in a simple consistent style. I’m not all that impressed by it.
Another reviewer on Amazon nailed it.
The most annoying bit is its Ellmann approach to biographies, i.e., the mining of an author’s fiction and connecting its details (often forcefully) to the author’s life. Which Wallace cautions us against in his review of a Borges biography. Good approach or not, it’s sad to see something Wallace convincingly argued against applied to him (99% of the Shakespeare authorship controversy come from readers who think the Plays are autobiographical). Indeed, as a Wallace reader, it’s difficult to suppress the sense that this book is reductive. And doubtless, Wallace would have thought so too.
Note to self: Read more Borges. And then read Wallace’s review of the biography of Borges.
Webcomic to make up for the one I missed.
Categories: Webcomic Wednesday Tags: biography, comic, David Foster Wallace, DT Max, Every Love Story is a Ghost Story, webcomic
I copied and pasted my “My Strengths and Weaknesses as a Writer” post from this blog post to “I Write Like.” It gave me H.P. Lovecraft. A persuasive essay got me H.P. Lovecraft again. A paragraph from my creative fiction got me JK Rowling. A dark post-modern poem got me David Foster Wallace.
Categories: Autobiographical Stories, Viral Things Tags: David Foster Wallace, H.P. Lovecraft, I Write Like, JK Rowling, viral sites