Episode 42 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Esther J. Cepeda

19Nov

00:0000:00

In Episode 42 we talk to Chicago-based journalist and teacher Esther J. Cepeda about her love of Wallace, annual Infinite Jest reads, and other related literature and pop culture. A huge thank you to our Patrons as well on #ThankYouPatrons day today! 

Show notes: 

Esther's favourite cards - Art of Play - https://www.artofplay.com/collections/playing-cards 

Esther's Twitter - https://twitter.com/estherjcepeda

Great Concavity on Twitter - https://twitter.com/ConcavityShow

Great Concavity on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/concavityshow/?hl=en

Email us - concavityshow@gmail.com

Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/concavityshow

 

Episode 41 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Tim Personn

25Oct

00:0000:00

In Episode 41, we talk to Dr. Tim Personn (in person!) from the University of Victoria about his recently-defended dissertation, "Fictions of Proximity: The Wallace Nexus in Contemporary Literature." Buckle up for a philosophical discussion, as Tim takes us on a ride through the work of Wittgenstein, Derrida, and other thinkers whose work informed Wallace's fiction and influence on the modern literary landscape. Other topics include tacos, seeing Parquet Courts live, and potential future podcast beefs!

 

Show Notes:

Shazia Hafiz Ramji's book Port of Beinghttps://invisiblepublishing.com/product/port-of-being/

Kieran Setiya's Midlife - http://www.ksetiya.net/midlife.html

Tim's website - timpersonn.com

Post 45 "The Dave Show" - http://post45.research.yale.edu/2011/11/the-dave-show/

Medium/Just Words "How David Lipsky Captures the Spirit of David Foster Wallace" - https://medium.com/just-words/the-dave-show-5f07c1f83a86

Tim's Twitter - https://twitter.com/timpersonn

Contact The Great Concavity:

 

 

Episode 40 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Greg Carlisle

25Aug

00:0000:00

In Episode 40, we welcome Greg Carlisle, author of the Infinite Jest commentary, Elegant Complexity, and Nature's Nightmare, an analysis of Wallace's Oblivion collection. 

 

Greg's books here: http://www.sideshowmediagroup.com/books/

 

Contact Greg: g.carlisle@moreheadstate.edu

Episode 39 - 2018 ISU David Foster Wallace Conference Review (feat. Matt Luter)

26Jun

00:0000:00

We're joined by repeat guest Matt Luter to talk about all the fun Dave missed out on at the recent Illinois State University Wallace conference, held June 7-9, 2018. Topics covered include panel recaps, anagram alter egos, karaoke highlights, and all other manner of conference scoops. Almost as good as having been there! 

Episode 38 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Mike Miley

6May

00:0000:00

In Episode 38 we talk again with Mike Miley, Vice President of the International David Foster Wallace Society and quiz kid extraordinaire. Topics include film, game shows, Oliver Stone, JFK assassination scoops, and hanging out with Michael Silverblatt. 

Show Notes: 

Smart Set – “Reading Wallace Reading”

https://thesmartset.com/article08181401/

 

Medium – “Caught in the Bandana Trap”

https://medium.com/just-words/caught-in-the-9fa2c864b76d

 

Medium – “The Eye of Sauron”

https://medium.com/just-words/the-eye-of-sauron-d454ed83377a

 

Critique­ – “…And Starring David Foster Wallace as Himself: Performance and Persona in The Pale King”

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/00111619.2015.1028611?needAccess=true

 

Mike’s Twitter: twitter.com/MikeCMiley

 

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

5Apr

00:0000:00

In Episode 37 we welcome the Diversity Committee Coordinators from the International David Foster Wallace Society to talk about issues of representation in the writing of Wallace, and within the Wallace community itself.

Relevant links: 

As always, you can reach Dave and Matt via email at Concavityshow@gmail.com and on Twitter and Instagram @ConcavityShow 

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

23Feb

00:0000:00

In Episode 36 we have not one, but two special guests(!), both experts in the cartography of Infinite Jest's Boston (and beyond). William Beutler is the creative mind behind the staggeringly glorious Infinite Map (among other things), and Bill Lattanzi has led a series of walking tours in the Boston area tracing the locations of Wallace's opus, so you can see the emerging theme of the episode here. 

List of links to pertinent discussion points in the episode:

Infinite Atlas: http://infiniteatlas.com/ 

 
Bloomington-Normal City website: David Foster Wallace tour: http://www.visitbn.org/visit/6171/david-foster-wallace/
 
 
Engl 3001: "Walking Infinite Jest" at Boston College: http://www.walkinginfinitejest.com/
 
Infinite Atlas shop: https://shop.beutlerink.com/ ENTER CODE "CONCAVITY" FOR 20% DISCOUNT ON ALL PRODUCTS!
 
 
 
 
 
Granada House website: https://granadahouse.org/ ("An Ex-Resident's Story" by Wallace: https://granadahouse.org/testimonials/an-ex-residents-story/)
 
Madras Press Fogle Novella: https://gumroad.com/l/advancedtax
 
Aaron Swartz's Infinite Jest ending explanation: http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/ijend
 
Bill Lattanzi's Twitter: https://twitter.com/blattanzi
 
William Beutler's Twitter: https://twitter.com/WilliamBeutler
 
 
William Beutler's podcast, Enter the Void: Website: http://enterthevoid.fm/ & Twitter: https://twitter.com/enterthepod?lang=en
 
William Beutler's other podcast, KubrickCast: Website: http://kubrickcast.com/ & Twitter: https://twitter.com/KubrickCast

 

Matt and Dave can be reached at the following places:
 
 
Twitter: @concavityshow
 
Instagram: @concavityshow
 
Matt Twitter: @mattbucher
 
Dave Twitter: @dave__laird

Episode 35 - 2017 Year in Review

12Jan

00:0000:00

In this episode, we stray a bit off our usual Wallacian course (but not too far) to discuss our literary and pop-culture highlights from the last solar revolution. 

Links we said we'd share:

Robyn O'Neil's 20 Years of Drawingshttps://www.archonprojects.com/shop/robyn-oneil-20-years-of-drawings

Me Reading Stuff podcast by Robyn O'Neil: https://www.robynoneil.com/me-reading-stuff

George Saunders' "Sea Oak": http://www.barcelonareview.com/20/e_gs.htm

The Great Concavity's Best Music of 2017 playlists: 

Bottom's Dream Twitter page: https://twitter.com/BottomsMeme

In post-production, Dave realizes he'd mentioned we'd discuss video games we liked this year, but we forgot to do this, so games we played and liked include:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo Switch)
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo Switch)
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo Switch)
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Nintendo Switch)
  • Shovel Knight (Nintendo Switch, etc.)
  • Cuphead (Xbox One)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)
  • Overwatch (PS4)
  • Nuclear Throne (PS4)
  • Crawl (PS4, etc.)
  • Darkest Dungeon (PS4, etc.)
  • Nidhogg 2 (PS4)

Episode 34 - Discussing OzWallace with Nick Maniatis and Tony Mcmahon

18Dec

00:0000:00

In this episode we're joined by friends Nick and Tony to discuss Australia's first ever David Foster Wallace conference, which was held in Melbourne during September 1-3, 2017. Following a discussion of the conference proceedings, join auxillary Concavityite Nick Maniatis as he interviews a host of presenters live from the conference weekend. Huge thanks go to Nick for towing his microphone around and getting all the juicy details for those of us who couldn't attend, and to Tony for organizing the conference! 

Nick Maniatis' DFW website, The Howling Fantodshttp://www.thehowlingfantods.com/dfw/ (with day-by-day conference recaps) 

Conference Abstracts and presenter bios: https://tinyurl.com/y9n8hu79

Conference Schedule: https://tinyurl.com/yc5mjclc

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OzWallace2017/

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Samatha Wallace's new podcast, Circulating Spaceshttps://pages.shanti.virginia.edu/Circulating_Spaces/podcasts/

TGC listener Scarlett Sims defeating Austin Rogers on Jeopardy!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nck0RW1AbFU

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Contact The Great Concavity:

Email - concavityshow@gmail.com

Twitter - @concavityshow (https://twitter.com/concavityshow)

Instagram - @concavityshow (https://www.instagram.com/concavityshow)

 

 

Episode 33 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Allard den Dulk

6Nov

00:0000:00

In this episode we talk with Allard about philosophy and film in relation to the work of Wallace, and to lesser extent, Dave Eggers and Jonathan Safran Foer. Dr. Allard den Dulk is Lecturer in Philosophy, Literature and Film at Amsterdam University College, and Research Fellow at the Faculty of Humanities of the VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He is the author of Existentialist Engagement in Wallace, Eggers and Foer, which is a significant topic of our conversation as well. Other topics include what it's like to show up unannounced at J.S. Foer's personal residence, and DFW cosplay.

Allard's website is: http://www.allarddendulk.nl/

His book, published by Bloomsbury, is available here: https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/existentialist-engagement-in-wallace-eggers-and-foer-9781501322679/

Episode 32 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Shazia Hafiz Ramji

10Oct

00:0000:00

In this episode we talk to award-winning Vancouver poet and writer Shazia Hafiz Ramji about her three consecutive stints as a guide for Infinite Jest online community reads (Poor Yorick's Summer, Sacred Jest, and the recent Ennet House), as well as her own writing and the influence of DFW.

You can find her on Twitter at @Shazi_R

Her chapbook is Prosopopoeia

Poor Yorick's Summer on Twitter at @poor_summer

Sacred Jest on Twitter at @SacredJest

Ennet House on Twitter at @infinitejestyvr 

Episode 31 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Matt Luter

18Sep

00:0000:00

In this episode we speak with Matthew Luter, DFW scholar and author of Understanding Jonathan Lethemhttps://www.sc.edu/uscpress/books/2015/7512.html

We discuss the state of DFW studies, academia, and Matt's paper at this year's DFW Conference. Matt's paper deals with, among other things, Rita Felski's work and Kevin Birmingham's book on Ulysses, "The Most Dangerous Book."

We also make mention of Sidney Peterson's 1947 experimental film "The Cage" which you can watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXEW_ZCqWsc

You can follow Matt on Twitter at @matthewjluter.

 

Episode 30 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Grace Chipperfield

21Jul

00:0000:00

In this episode we are joined by Australian Wallace scholar Grace Chipperfield of Flinders University, whose recent work on Wallace deals with the concepts of protracted adolescence and political landscape in Wallace's writing. The recent DFW17 conference and her experience there is also discussed, as is the possible vampireness of Australian politicians (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmqKSKDfSSQ). 

Episode 29 - Live from the ISU David Foster Wallace Conference, featuring Charlie Harris and Jim Plath

13Jun

00:0000:00

On our first live episode (recorded in front of conference attendees at the fourth annual DFW conference at Illinois State University) we talk to Charlie Harris and Jim Plath about the life and legacy of Wallace, give some prizes away, and feature live music for the very first time on the show. 

You can also watch the Facebook live video stream, which is archived for posterity, at the top of the page here: https://www.facebook.com/concavityshow/

 

 

Episode 28 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Lucas Thompson

12May

00:0000:00

In this episode we are joined by Wallace scholar Lucas Thompson

Lucas Thompson is the author of the new book Global Wallace (Bloomsbury) which is the first volume in a new series called "David Foster Wallace Studies" edited by Stephen Burn. Global Wallace centers around the often overlooked sources of influence on Wallace's work. Thompson explores Wallace's connection and borrowing from Manuel Puig, Dostoevsky, hip hop culture, and many others.

Thompson is a Research Fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, Australia. He has published articles in Texas Studies in Literature and Language, Journal of American Studies, The Cormac McCarthy Journal, and Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction. Forthcoming book chapters appear in The Cambridge Companion to David Foster Wallace, MLA Approaches to Teaching: David Foster Wallace, and MLA Approaches to Teaching: Jewish American Fiction. His reviews have appeared in US Studies Online, The European Legacy, and Philament, and he has also written for The LA Review of Books.

 

Global Wallace

 

Episode 27 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Jill Braithwaite

3Apr

00:0000:00

This time we talk to our friend Jill Braithwaite, a Wallace scholar who wrote her Masters thesis on Infinite Jest and its connections to the ideas of theologian Paul Tillich and Unitarian Universalism. She is on Twitter here

Jill mentions a sermon she gave (in which Wallace's Kenyon speech makes a sigificant appearance), which can be found here

Episode 26: Discussing David Foster Wallace with Jeff Severs

10Mar

00:0000:00

In this episode, we talk with Jeff Severs, author of the excellent new book David Foster Wallace’s Balancing Books: Fictions of Value, published by Columbia University Press. Severs is associate professor of English at the University of British Columbia, Canada, Convexity.

Severs is also a noted Pynchon scholar, author of a number of scholarly articles and co-editor of a book about Against the Day.

His website can be found at https://jeffreysevers.wordpress.com/

 

Show Notes

1:00 - Introductions

2:40 - Austinites

3:34 - James Manguson

5:00 - MFA programs

6:10 - Mary Carter - the name Matt was trying to think of

7:50 - Overview of the book

9:05 - Balance in general

10:05 - Axiology - study of valuation

13:06 - Heidegger defines axios

17:18 - A Tripartite writer

26:26 - A biographical approach

34:15 - Juxtaposing hard labor with a dissolute consumerist society

40:31 - GQ, Obama, rhetoric, 2008

46:53 - The civic vision of the Pale King

1:35:40 - Jeff correctly picks Moonlight as the Best Picture winner!

Episode 25 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Lee Konstantinou

17Feb

00:0000:00

This time, we talk to our friend Lee Konstantinou, a contemporary US literature scholar who has published significantly on Wallace. His new book Cool Characters is available now from Harvard University Press.

Episode 24 - 2016 Year in Review

25Jan

00:0000:00

As is the tradition, Dave and Matt take a minor detour (at times) from the usual topic of David Foster Wallace to discuss their personal highlights and favorite literary and pop cultural items of 2016.

Show notes:

00:27 - The Nightmare: 2016

02:08 - Matt knows books, Dave knows everything else

03:29 - Phone addiction

04:02 - Personal years in review

09:52 - Go to the 2017 David Foster Wallace Conference

11:15 - Sports, or lack thereof

14:59 - The International DFW Literary Society (dfwsociety.org)

21:20 - Matt’s favorite books of 2016

30:54 -Dave’s favorite books of 2016

38:04 - Netrunner Worlds and Dave’s appearance on Boards Alive - (starts 1:24:39)

38:59 - More of Matt’s favorite books (and a footnote about Bill Gates)

41:54 - The proliferation of monographs on DFW

42:40 - Dave’s favorite music of 2016 with Great Concavity bonus playlist

53:44 - Our favorite films of 2016

59:02 - More of Matt’s favorite books of the year (mostly biographies)

1:09:03 - 2016, the 20th Anniversary of Infinite Jest

1:12:50 - Television in 2016

1:22:53 - Board games in 2016

1:27:48 - Passing over video games

1:28:03 - Wrap up

 

Matt Bucher contact

Twitter & Instagram: @mattbucher

Website: mattbucher.com

 

Dave Laird contact

Twitter: @dave__laird

Instagram: @davelaird

 

Email us: concavityshow@gmail.com

Episode 23 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Andrew Savage of Parquet Courts

5Jan

00:0000:00

 

In this episode we speak with the multi-talented writer and musician Andrew Savage of the band Parquet Courts. Their song “Instant Disassembly” opens and closes each episode of our podcast, but more importantly, Andrew is a super-literate dude who is capable of expounding on almost any topic.

Here is the video that Dave mentions of George Saunders’ appearance on The Charlie Rose show: https://charlierose.com/videos/23703 (DFW discussion starts at 40:54).

Check out Parquet Courts on Spotify or Apple Music or YouTube or just shout their name out the nearest window.

Their official website is https://parquetcourts.wordpress.com/

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Show notes

01:54 - Why Dave chose “Instant Disassembly” as our intro song

01:55 - Thematic relation between DFW’s writing and “Instant Disassembly”

01:56 - There’s ennui but it’s also a really bitchin’ song

02:45 - Madonna’s “Like a Prayer”

03:46 - Bookworm’s theme song

08:35 - Growing up in Denton, Texas

09:53 - Austin Brown

13:30 - The Marked Men

14:40 - The Parking Lot set in Charlottesville

16:53 - Where did we play in Vancouver

18:49 - Parquet courts in The Garden and basketball

20:08 - Influenced by fiction

22:14 - Coming to Wallace, an intro thereto

23:52 - IJ/DFW influences everything

25:31 - The anxiety of influence, nah

29:56 - What to hold back

32:12 - Trump is a germaphobe

33:23 - The labor issues of being a musician

36:08 - New Sincerity discussion

39:13 - Parquet Courts and the Irony of Blah Blah Blah

43:45 - What makes a good performance

44:41 - Smaller venues

46:13 - Dealing with cynicism

48:12 - Favorite Wallace stuff

51:30 - The Depressed Person: parody or not?

55:30 - The existential angst of the modern condition

57:03 - We’ve all got holes to fill

58:40 - In search of lost time

1:02:00 - Listening to music the way we read

1:03:49 - The Big Ship on repeat

1:05:00 - Cate Le Bon

1:06:01 - Opposite Sex from New Zealand & Hamlet

1:07:40 - Glasgow has a grid system

1:08:56 - Favorite books & movies - Knausgaard

1:10:43 - Eva Hesse’s diaries

1:13:01 - A movie discussion ensues

1:14:19 - The song North Dakota

1:17:23 - How to finish things

1:28:30 - Easter egg

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