Posts Tagged ‘David Foster Wallace’


* Jason Segel will play David Foster Wallace in a movie co-starring Jesse Eisenberg. Sounds sort of horrifying at first. But it’s going to be based on David Lipsky’s Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, which was an outstanding book. So…remain hopeful.

* The cockroach that’s invading Manhattan and is immune to the cold. And now my family will never visit again.

* Is the world ready for Real Basketball Moms of Kentucky. Probably not.

* Guess the Seinfeld quote based on a GIF. That’s an order, Private.

* Reassessing Oliver Stone’s JFK. I just watched this again for about the 40th time. I don’t believe any of the conspiracy theories in it but it’s just an amazing movie that I’ll watch 40 more times.

* The bizarre story of the guy who was faking sign language at Nelson Mandel’s memorial got stranger when the man claimed he suffered a schizophrenic episode during the service and that’s why none of his signs made sense. Oh, and the guy who was next to heads of state is an accused rapist and murderer

* Top literary feuds of 2013, courtesy of The New Yorker.

* From Grantland, why are ACL tears on the rise?

* For the headline alone: Queen irritated by Buckingham Palace police nibbling on royal nuts, court told. 

* This New York Times series on a homeless 11-year-old is soul crushing.

* Salon claims that straight white men don’t have any friends. No argument here.

David Foster Wallace committed suicide on September 12, 2008. In the four years since his death, I’ve read two books about the famed writer, but have yet to complete his most famous work — Infinite Jest.

A new biography on Wallace came out this week. The book, by the New Yorker’s D.T. Max, is called “Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace.” Two years ago I read David Lipsky’s “Although You Of Course End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace.” Lipsky’s book dealt with a very specific time in Wallace’s life, as the Rolling Stone writer traveled with Wallace on a book tour after the publication of Infinite Jest, when his fame skyrocketed and the Illinois native who worked as a university professor transformed into a literary phenomenon. Lipsky traveled with Wallace for a story that never ran in Rolling Stone. When I wrote about it a few years ago, I called it the saddest book of the year, because the conversation between the two men is so interesting and fun and deep you wanted to be in the backseat of their car, but all the while you know how Wallace’s story ultimately ends.