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That Long Already?

So it's March 1st here in Australia which means it's now 20 years that I've been updating The Howling Fantods. I've never been one to celebrate big occasions, but it feels like I should at least acknowledge the moment.

Thanks to everyone out there for reading, promoting, supporting and sending me stuff. Special thanks to guest posters and every single person I've met that has thanked me for doing this. Thanks also to my family - I know there are times when The Howling Fantods has taken up an almost unhealthy proportion of my time.


Do you have a memory about reading this site (no matter how small) that you'd like to share? Hit up the comments below or share it with me here.

I've got some things I'll be revisiting over the next month. I hope you can join me.



Global Wallace

The Wallace criticism publications keep rolling in! Big thanks to Lucas Thompson and Bloomsbury for my copy of Global Wallace: David Foster Wallace and World Literature. I can't wait to get stuck into it, the table of contents looks incredible. A very interesting direction in Wallace studies.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 March 2017 07:08

Concavity Show Stickers!

Big shout out to Matt and Dave over at The Great Concavity podcast for these amazing stickers! Purchase some here (featuring artwork by Robyn O'Neil) to support this fantastic David Foster Wallace podcast.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 March 2017 07:03

IJ Group Reads - GURGLL and Sacred Jest

I always like dipping into group reads of Infinite Jest as they occur. Two that are currently in progress are the GURGLL and Sacred Jest reads.

Glasgow University's Reading Group for Length Literature (GURGLL) is in its fifteenth week of reading Infinite Jest - the blog summarises their discussion, but I particularly love their word of the week from the section. This week it's whingeocide (p. 441). You can find them on Facebook too.

The other group read, Sacred Jest, has started only very recently and is reading Infinite Jest as though it were a sacred text. It's not a lens with which I'm particularly enamoured, but as with all group reads, there are numerous interesting observations that are more than enough to keep me checking in. Follow along on twitter @SacredJest too.


Massive thanks to the teams that run group reads of this magnitude!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 March 2017 06:54

The Great Concavity - Eps 21 -25

The David Foster Wallace podcast, The Great Concavity, keeps getting better and better.

Episode 25 has just been released, but since I last posted, there have been some absolutely cracking episodes!

Episode 21 - Clare Hayes Brady - An excellent episode, one of my favourites.

Episode 22 - Nicolas Giacobone - One of the co-writer's on Academy Award winning film Birdman!

Episode 23 - Andrew Savage of Parquet Courts

Episode 24 - 2016 Year in Review

Episode 25 - Lee Konstantinou


(Follow the show on twitter @ConcavityShow and subscribe to the podcast here)

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 February 2017 20:34


Dear readers,

I know behind the scenes many of you have emailed with news items for me to post (or errors to correct). For the most part I've managed to get news items out on Twitter (via @nick_maniatis) but not anywhere else. Sorry. The reason for these delays is due to a close family member having a major traumatic accident resulting in hospitalisation and lots of care in recent weeks.

Some updates coming later today including news about the 20 year anniversary of The Howling Fantods...


And before I forget... DFW Society.


The DFW Society

It is with great excitement that I can now announce DFW Society - The International David Foster Wallace Society along with The Journal of David Foster Wallace Studies.

Mission Statement

The International David Foster Wallace Society was founded to promote and sustain the long-term scholarly and independent study of David Foster Wallace’s writing. To these ends, the Society welcomes diverse, peer-reviewed scholarship and seeks to expand the critical boundaries of Wallace studies. We recognize and champion the visual, the alternative, and the literary: the presence of minds at work. The Society showcases a variety of projects—at conferences, on panels, in our print publication, The Journal of David Foster Wallace Studies, and through other non-traditional modes of scholarly expression.


A fantastic group of people working on this project behind the scenes. Check out the Team and the check out the Journal Editorial Team! Yes a yearly peer reviewed journal!

It is a subscription model, fair prices I think (but yes, I'm in the team so take that into account)... anyone going patron level?

Follow on twitter too @DFWSociety


These are exciting times!


But the biggest thank you of all goes to Matt Bucher for pulling this all together. And for being the President we all admire.




Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 January 2017 00:26

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