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30 Free Essays & Stories by David Foster Wallace on the Web

30 Free Essays & Stories by David Foster Wallace on the Web
We started the week expecting to publish one David Foster Wallace post. Then, because of the 50th birthday celebration, it turned into two. And now three. We spent some time tracking down free DFW stories and essays available on the web, and they’re all now listed in our collection of Free eBooks. But we didn’t want them to escape your attention. So here they are — 23 pieces published by David Foster Wallace between 1989 and 2011, mostly in major U.S. publications like The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Atlantic, and The Paris Review. Related Content: Free Philip K. Neil Gaiman’s Free Short Stories Read 17 Short Stories From Nobel Prize-Winning Writer Alice Munro Free Online 10 Free Stories by George Saunders, Author of Tenth of December, “The Best Book You’ll Read This Year” 500 Free eBooks: Download to Kindle, iPad/iPhone & Nook

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Interview w DFW Context N°21 Shimon Ballas. Outcast. Trans. Ammiel Alcalay and Oz Shelach. The 6 Creepiest Lies the Food Industry is Feeding You Kobe Beef Doesn't Really Exist Getty Seasoned carnivores know that Kobe beef is just about the cream of the crop, if you can afford it. Interview with David Foster Wallace Elements of the new frontier of clear, lucid communication:Novelists who write empathically about political debates Smart, competent IT technicians who can explain what they’re doing in such a way that you could reproduce it A new word for geniuses who can talk about stuff outside their area of expertise David Foster Wallace is from east-central Illinois, and this is a large part of his appeal. In addition, he has written a number of books. Among them are the story collections Girl with Curious Hair and Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, and the novels The Broom of the System and Infinite Jest.

Speak, Butterfly - Issue 8: Home The life and work of the novelist Vladimir Nabokov referenced many symbols, none so much as the butterfly. Butterflies prompted Nabokov’s travels across the United States, exposing him to the culture and physical environment that he would transform into his best-known novel, Lolita. Butterflies motivated his parallel career in science, culminating in a then-ignored evolutionary hypothesis, which would be vindicated 34 years after his death using the tools of modern genetic analysis. And it was the butterfly around which some of Nabokov’s fondest childhood memories revolved. Nabokov was born in St.

Meet the next generation of American lit mags The literary magazine is an artistic institution in flux. Stalwart journals once known for challenging convention and pushing boundaries have become the status quo they used to rail against; the rise of online reading has changed not only the way we consume literature but also the way we write it, but too often does an old-school editor turn up his nose at interesting, important work because it doesn’t adhere to standards now inapplicable, misguided or out of touch. The closest these old-guard publications get to the cutting edge is by writing about the people on it. (Okay, we realize this might be veering into dangerous territory – we, too, are writing about literature’s new and now – but we can’t help but feel we’re a bit different.)

Harper's Magazine: Tense Present. A Dictionary of Modern American Usage, by Bryan A. Garner. Oxford University Press, 1998. 723 pages. $35. A Dictionary of Modern English Usage, by H. TIME: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us Brill writes: "That so few consumers seem to be aware of the chargemaster demonstrates how well the health care industry has steered the debate from why bills are so high to who should pay them." By Steven Brill, TIME Magazine 27 February 13 outine Care, Unforgettable Bills When Sean Recchi, a 42-year-old from Lancaster, Ohio, was told last March that he had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, his wife Stephanie knew she had to get him to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Stephanie's father had been treated there 10 years earlier, and she and her family credited the doctors and nurses at MD Anderson with extending his life by at least eight years.

Infinite quest Though tortured by isolation and his fastidious intellect, David Foster Wallace produced work that will endure ©Suzy Allman/Writer Pictures David Foster Wallace at a book signing in Manhattan in January 2006 Ten Who Left Us: Select Literary Obituaries from 2013 In 2013 we lost two Nobel laureates, a revered editor and teacher, plus writers of crime fiction, literary fiction, poetry, history, essays, biographies, screenplays, mega-bestsellers, movie criticism, and memoirs. Here is a highly selective compendium: Evan S. Connell While it may not be accurate to pin Evan S. Connell with that grimmest of labels, “a writer’s writer,” it is probably fair to say that his restless intelligence and refusal to settle into a niche prevented him from attracting as large an audience as he deserved.

The PGW Globe Reclamation Project Welcome to the P. G. Wodehouse Globe Reclamation Project Project Introduction and Progress Report: The P. The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Margaret Atwood I kicked off the morning I was scheduled to interview Margaret Atwood with some Knob Creek bourbon, immediately following my morning coffee. My Facebook post that morning: So it’s okay to drink bourbon at 9:08 in the morning if you’re about to call Margaret Atwood, right? A surplus of 100 people quickly “liked” this, many leaving comments assuring me I was on the right—nay, mandatory—track, imbibing. Thankfully, I had the prescience of mind not to tweet my behavior since, among literary writers, Margaret Atwood is reigning queen of the Twittersphere, and her 370,000+ followers might not have appreciated that she was about to be interviewed by a starstruck fan who was drunk before breakfast.

David Foster Wallace - Commencement Speech at Kenyon University Transcription of the 2005 Kenyon Commencement Address - May 21, 2005 (If anybody feels like perspiring [cough], I'd advise you to go ahead, because I'm sure going to. In fact I'm gonna [mumbles while pulling up his gown and taking out a handkerchief from his pocket].)

David Foster Wallace David Foster Wallace’s low-key, bookish appearance flatly contradicts the unshaven, bandanna-capped image advanced by his publicity photos. But then, even a hipster novelist would have to be a serious, disciplined writer to produce a 1,079-page book in three years. “Infinite Jest,” Wallace’s mammoth second novel, juxtaposes life in an elite tennis academy with the struggles of the residents of a nearby halfway house, all against a near-future background in which the U.S., Canada and Mexico have merged, Northern New England has become a vast toxic waste dump and everything from private automobiles to the very years themselves are sponsored by corporate advertisers. Slangy, ambitious and occasionally over-enamored with the prodigious intellect of its author, “Infinite Jest” nevertheless has enough solid emotional ballast to keep it from capsizing.