Last Updated on Friday, 29 July 2016 00:06
The 3rd annual David Foster Wallace conference, DFW 2016, kicks off today!
DFWConference on twitter here.
The twitter hashtag is #DFW16 (I'll be monitoring as much as I can when I'm not sleeping here in Aus).
I hope those of you attending have a great time. If you feel like sharing your thoughts or observations about one of the sessions you attend drop me a line via the form found here or DM me on twitter @nick_maniatis and I'll post them here on The Howling Fantods (with full credit) for all to read.
You can also pick up the selected works from last year's conference, Normal 2015.
Last Updated on Saturday, 23 July 2016 13:12
Look what I just spotted in the first episode of Bojack Horseman Season 3! (BTW one of my fave shows too.)
Yep, Consider the Lobster!
Here's the full frame for reference:
Click the images to zoom in.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 July 2016 07:28
Hmmm... how do I justify my viewing habits?
Have a read Mike Broida's piece over at The Millions, 'Infinite Jest' in the Age of Addiction:
What if — according to InterLace — what if a viewer could more or less 100% choose what’s on at any given time? Choose and rent, over PC and modem and fiber-optic line, from tens of thousands of second-run films, documentaries, the occasional sport, old beloved non-‘Happy Days’ programs, wholly new programs, cultural stuff, and c., all prepared by the time-tested, newly lean Big Four’s mammoth vaults and production facilities and packaged and disseminated by InterLace TelEnt.
If I call the six hours I spent watching the old seasons of Parks And Recreation “binge-watching,” then I am doubly insulated by, first, acknowledging upfront the gluttony of it, and, second, by the irony of calling it a binge in the first place. If I jokingly pretend I’m binging on television, then it’s ironic because watching television is better than knocking back a case of beer, right? Yet television, like narcotics, has a certain intentionality behind it, as Wallace lays bare in “E Unibus Pluram”: “Because of the economies of nationally broadcast, advertiser-subsidizer entertainment, television’s one goal — never denied by anybody in or around TV since RCA first authorized field test in 1936 — is to ensure as much watching as possible.” Wallace’s conclusion is as true as ever, but due to the allure of the Internet as the new “low” art, filled by Youtube, Reddit, viral videos, and vociferous memes dominating the sort of repetitive desire that an American Gladiators marathon used to hold, TV had to change its tactics. Ultimately, the new strategy for capturing their viewers, to convince them of their true desire to watch more and more, was a sea change towards quality entertainment, turning TVs strongest critics into its greatest allies. After all, it is hard to feel poorly about spending a Saturday watching an entire season of The Wire, when its creator, David Simon, won a McArthur “genius” Grant.
Keep reading, Infinite Jest' in the Age of Addiction.
[Thanks, Phillip, for reporting the broken links.]