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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

THF in 1999

The first of a few posts 'celebrating' 20 years of The Howling Fantods.

Check out The Wayback Machine's earliest scrape of my website. This one is the Jan 1999 Wayback capture (it looked even worse earlier than this!) - how on earth did I think this was palatable?

I was hosting on Geocities at the time (it was free and I was poor) anyone remember the address?

Athens and Acropolis were nods to culture and my Greek heritage (and I think the areas 'literature' sites were supposed to be hosted) and the 75 in 8175 was for the year I was born.



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.


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