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DFW17 Tomorrow!

Big shout out to everyone attending DFW17, the fourth annual David Foster Wallace, at Illinois State University over the next three days!

All kinds of exciting things happening! Be sure to follow @DFWConference on Twitter and use the hashtag #DFW17

Check out the panel schedule for DFW17 right here.

In addition, The Great Concavity podcast will be broadcasting live on Facebook from 5:30-6:30 PM (CDT) on Friday the 9th!

More soon!

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 June 2017 14:48

The Great Concavity - Ep 28

Great episode with Lucas Thompson the author of, Global Wallace: David Foster Wallace and World Literature. Lucas will also deliver the plenary address at the OzWallace conference in Melbourne, Australia, later this year!

Episode 28Discussing DFW with Lucas Thompson


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

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 June 2017 14:33

OzWallace 2017 - Lucas Thompson + CFP Deadline

Exciting news for OzWallace 2017!

Lucas Thompson

First up, Lucas Thompson, author of the recently released Global Wallace: David Foster Wallace and World Literature will deliver the plenary address at the conference in Melbourne this coming September. (Oh, and here's something by Lucas Thompson about DFW and 'Blurbspeak' from the LARB that I enjoyed a while back.)

I am super excited about the breadth and depth of Wallace Studies we'll see at the conference! Keep in mind that in addition to Lucas Thompson, David Hering is presenting the conference keynote.


Call For Papers Deadline - May 1 2017

Also, don't forget that the OzWallace 2017 CFP deadline is approaching quickly, the due date is May 1 2017 - yep, 10-ish days away. Get those proposals in ASAP.

Details in my previous OzWallace 2017 call for papers post or over at the OzWallace 2017 Facebook page.



In other news, RMIT's non/fictionLAB has joined as a co-badging sponsor for the conference. Read more about non/fictionLAB here.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 April 2017 19:55

The Great Concavity - Eps 26 & 27

Oh yeah, how did I not post about these two episodes of The David Foster Wallace podcast, The Great Concavity, yet?

Episode 26 - Discussing DFW with Jeff Severs

Episode 27 - Discussing DFW with Jill Braithwaite


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


Steven Moore's IJ Essay Publication

Steven Moore’s essay on the first-draft version of Infinite Jest, which was posted here in May 2003, is now available in book form, along with Steve’s other writings on Wallace, in his new collection, My Back Pages: Reviews and Essays.


The Ezboard Hack of 2005

The third of a few posts celebrating 20 years of The Howling Fantods.

By the end of 2000 I had set up a message board system for readers using the free ezboard system. I think I even paid for them to have a few more features... and then in 2005 ezboard, and all the forums that went with it, were hacked and lost (Bulletin Board Hoster Loses Postings in Hacker Attack). I was shattered. So were many of the regular contributors.

At the time they were unrecoverable and I decided I'd never host anything like that myself again.

But as it turns out, The Internet Archive was scraping the pages all along. A few years ago I found bits and pieces. Earlier this year I had another look and it appeared more content was available.

They're not perfect, many threads weren't scraped, but you can browse the titles, and view some of the discussions. For some of us there are some amazing memories buried in here.


The Old David Foster Wallace Forums

(You'll find if you jump to different snapshots in The Wayback Machine interface you can access different content.)

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 March 2017 13:42

THF in 2001

The second of a few posts celebrating 20 years of The Howling Fantods.

In 2001 I was still hosting at Geocities, but I'd made things look a little nicer and had taught myself to use html tables for the sidebar. It looked a little better. Just a little.


Last Updated on Thursday, 02 March 2017 13:24
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