* In an interview with Charlie Rose, David Foster Wallace
talks about his own tennis days--saying that he was "good, [but] not even very good." At age fourteen, he was ranked seventeenth in the US Tennis Association's Western Section (Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, most of Wisconsin, and West Virginia).
And I can't go a year without mentioning David Foster Wallace
. Start with his essay collections A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again and Consider the Lobster.
Initially, the novel is difficult to navigate, but like Thomas Pynchon or David Foster Wallace
-- or free jazz, for that matter -- Mujila rewards patience.
To capture the mannerisms of the hulking, shy, bandana-clad author David Foster Wallace
, Jason Segel read as many of his lengthy tomes as he could.
Seven novels comprise the evidentiary basis for the ambitious series of observations and speculations assembled here: Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow (1973), David Foster Wallace
's Infinite Jest (1996), Don DeLillo's Underworld (1997), Zadie Smith's White Teeth (2000), Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections (2001), Roberto Bolano's 2666 (2004), and 2005 dopo Cristo (2005), an untranslated novel by the Italian collective Babette Factory.
To prepare, he visited lectures at UCLA and USC, and watched videos of the late David Foster Wallace
. One particular lecture on "Beowulf'' stood out as the most memorable for its energy and the way UCLA students responded.
THE David Foster Wallace
Reader, by David Foster Wallace
, is published in trade paperback by Hamish Hamilton, priced PS25 (ebook PS6.99).
In this anthology for students and scholars, 26 great contemporary and modern writers (including Philip Lopate, Zadie Smith, Joyce Carol Oates, David Foster Wallace
, and James Thurber) give their personal perspectives on great literature by 25 authors such as Willa Cather, Anne Frank, Cervantes, Abe Lincoln, William Defoe, and Anton Chekhov.
In "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again," author David Foster Wallace
narrates an excruciating, ill-fated voyage: a seven-night Caribbean cruise funded by his editors at Harpers magazine.
Gilgamesh kicks off the first book, and David Foster Wallace
's Infinite Jest closes the third.
* David Foster Wallace
knew the meaning of "pareve." [NY Daily News Page Views]
THE PALE KING provides an unfinished novel: the final work of David Foster Wallace
which has been long awaited.