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DFW 2018 Conference This Week

DFW19, the annual David Foster Wallace Conference at Illinois State University is this week!

Check out the schedule here.

The most exciting part is that anything scheduled in Room A is likely to be live streamed via Facebook. From the schedule:

Room A is our Livestream Room.  If you're assigned to this room, you should have the opportunity to stream your presentation to our Facebook page.  We've only assigned presenters here who expressed a positive interest, but you are not required to have your presentation recorded.

I'll be tuning in to a few of these (if I can stay awake / get up early enough).



Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 June 2018 15:08

An Important Concavity Show - Episode 37

Episode 37 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Andrea Laurencell Sheridan & Diego Báez

I got to this episode from back in April way too late. Finally listened to it week ago.

You should too.

This episode's guests from the International David Foster Wallace Society's diversity team, Andrea Laurencell Sheridan and Diego Báez (Some of the team's work here), reveal how deeply and seriously Wallace scholars and readers address problematic aspects of his writing (and personality) without ignoring or making light of it. A compelling episode.

(This is the same ep. I posted about on twitter last week)

Episode 37 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Andrea Laurencell Sheridan & Diego Báez

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


Mary Karr tweets about David Foster Wallace

The topic of much conversation over the weekend has concerned Mary Karr's tweet re: David Foster Wallace. Karr's responses and follow-ups in the twitter thread give more depth and context. Jezebel also ran an article with an overview.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 May 2018 16:47

Bloomsbury Literary Studies David Foster Wallace Blog Series

Head over to the Bloomsbury Literary Studies blog for a series of blog posts by three big names in Wallace scholarship to honor the 56th anniversary of David Foster Wallace's birth and to celebrate the mark he has made on contemporary culture and literature.

David Hering - Thinking About David Foster Wallace, Misogyny and Scholarship

[...] What I mean to illustrate by these examples is not that Wallace was some shining, gender-conscious saint – he wasn’t – but that when we talk about misogyny in relation to his writing we might be attuned to the fact that he was committed to addressing it as a major problem of contemporary culture. Does he always succeed? No. Should we talk about the problems inherent in Wallace’s portrayals of gender? Of course. It’s fundamental to a reading and understanding of the work. But this shouldn’t preclude a discussion that moves beyond an elision of Wallace’s work with the more unsavoury elements of his readership. [...]

Clare Hayes-Brady - Belatedness: reading David Foster Wallace in 2018

[...] Fascinated by language and large systems, Wallace imagined dystopian futures in which American society was corporatised and tranquilised by consumerism to the point of a near-total loss of energy. While Jest, in particular, looks at the entertainment industry, and the danger of a society gratifying its most infantile desires, the undercurrent of Wallace’s writing is distinctly political, a thread that has begun to be given serious critical attention in recent years. Throughout his work, political and civic engagement appears to offer a kind of purpose that is the very antithesis of the narcissistic disaffection he depicts in so many of his characters. [...]

Marshall Boswell - The Wallace Effect

[...] What fascinated me most about Eugenides’ playful strategy was the resourceful way it drew upon, and even parodied, Wallace’s various fictional confrontations with his literary rivals, namely John Barth, Thomas Pynchon, and Don DeLillo. [...]

Great reading.

Last Updated on Saturday, 03 March 2018 12:10

The Great Concavity - Eps 35 & 36

The Year in Review episode is always a great change of pace with many things to follow up afterwards!

Ep 36 is a fascinating exploration of Infinite Jest cartography.

Episode 352017 Year in Review

Episode 36 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with William Beutler and Bill Lattanzi

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Last Updated on Saturday, 03 March 2018 10:47

I am in here.



I've taken a bit of a break to re-evaluate the site and my relationship with it. We both need a bit of work I think.


I've spoken to some of you about how things might develop and change here.

It's not going to disappear. Thanks for reading.

I'm still super active on twitter with DFW stuff and to a lesser extent on Facebook. I'm on the board of the International David Foster Wallace Society (Which you should join!) and I'm now one of the people responsible for the DFW Society Twitter account too, @DFWSociety.


More soon,




The Great Concavity - Ep 34 OzWallace Special

Hi everyone, it's finally here! I pretended to be a podcast journo for The Great Concavity podcast while I attended and tweeted away at OzWallace earlier this year. It was heaps of fun. So many fantastic guests on this episode!

Episode 34Discussing OzWallace with Nick Maniatis and Tony Mcmahon

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Here are my Storify twitter recaps for Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 of OzWallace 2017.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 December 2017 21:26

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