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

5Apr

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

 

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Website: mattbucher.com

 

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Instagram: @davelaird

 

Email us: concavityshow@gmail.com

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

5Jan

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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

Episode 22 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Nicolas Giacobone

13Dec

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In this episode with talk with Academy-Award winning screenwriter and DFW fan Nicolás Giacobone. Nico is best known as the co-writer of Iñarritu's Birdman and Biutiful, but he's also a writer of fiction and a serious reader.

If you have not seen the movie Birdman, it is strongly advised that you do so.

In this episode we discuss his grandfather's filmography, literary influences, Manu Ginobli, and many other things.  

Books and writers mentioned include Alberto Laiseca, John Updike, Don DeLillo, George Saunders, and Michael Ondaatje's Coming Through Slaughter among others. 

Contact us: concavityshow@gmail.com

Show notes: 

00:042 - background and introductions

02:16 - writing for television is painful

03:41 - Like Ed Wood, he was his own extra

09:08 - Homer and Dostoevsky and Cervantes

22:22 - movie writing is collaborative by nature

28:19 - San Antonio Spurs and ego

32:20 - In Latin America, everything is sold with a handshake

33:40 - Treating writing like work

35:08 - Ruth Reichl and DFW

43:40 - Never wrote another novel

49:00 - Six minute takes

53:01 - Tortured artist whose biggest obstacle is himself

54:00 - Free time and they write bullshit

57:07 - Aaron Swartz's theory of IJ

1:04:26 - We can't do math

1:08:11 - Plenty of good books are forgotten

1:12:01 - The 160-page version of CivilWarLand in Bad Decline

1:15:19 - Sergio de la Pava

1:22:06 - The Internet as a tool

1:28:00 - Mario Bellatin

1:32:32 - Moving past Bolaño's influence

1:36:46 - Make fun of Shakespeare

1:37:59 - Comparing Birdman and Infinite Jest

1:39:56 - IJ is impossible to film

1:45:55 - Easter egg: technical difficulties

 

Episode 21 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Clare Hayes-Brady

28Nov

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In this episode we talk with Wallace scholar Clare Hayes-Brady about her new book The Unspeakable Failures of David Foster Wallace.

http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/the-unspeakable-failures-of-david-foster-wallace-9781501313530/

She is Lecturer in American Literature at University College, Dublin.

We discuss a variety of issues in this episode including bad endings, DFW Studies, Ricoeur, love, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and assorted other things.

You can find her on Twitter https://twitter.com/ClareHayesBrady

  

Show notes

00:30 - Byzantine Erotica right off the bat

01:30 - Spelling of Quebecois

02:30 - UCD vs TCD

04:01 - The Unspeakable Failures

05:01 - Noncompletion, the lack of closure

05:45 - A Failed Entertainment

08:30 - Short Story Theory, resistance to closure

10:39 - We don’t have neat narratives

13:00 - How can you be done with something?

14:26 - Starting IJ again

15:20 - The peripheral stuff

16:27 - Was IJ/DFW narcissistic?

19:10 - The empathetic connection with readers

20:38 - Incoherent need to communicate

22:21 - The problem with romantic relationships--and Anne Geddes

25:21 - Misogyny from a place of fear

26:36 - The Granola Cruncher

30:53 - The silencing of female characters

31:02 - The Lionel Shriver issue

35:18 - A poorly disguised avatar

35:45 - Hungerford piece

37:02 - The Joycean Boys Club

39:59 - The C-word

44:42 - Inhabiting other minds

45:29 - Hurston not explaining things

47:26 - White male protagonists. . . groan

48:46 - VIDA count and the equivalent awareness

50:01 - Separating the artist from the art

51:29 - Ferrante & Knausgaard

55:36 - Writing beyond his own perspective

56:20 - Hardcore Theory Weenies

58:41 - Conflating a couple of paradoxes

59:59 - A fascinating disaster of a book

1:01:54 - The conclusions of the failures

1:04:40 - First attempt in Learning

1:05:08 - Post on Poor Yorick’s Summer

1:05:30 - Honest Ulsterman and motherhood

1:08:40 - Easter Egg

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Episode 20: Discussing David Foster Wallace with John Mango

28Oct

00:0000:00

In this episode we talk with John Mango. John is a teacher and a scholar but in this episode we talk a lot about recovery, AA membership, depression, and alcoholism--perennial DFW subjects all around.

01:07 - Twenty episodes in a year

02:02 - Introducing John Mango

04:01 - John Grisham paperbacks

05:05 - Joseph Heller, Thomas Pynchon, Cormac McCarthy

06:30 - A comforting loss and depression

08:30 - Terry Eagleton & the role of literature

11:22 - Discovering Wallace after death

13:15 - We feel like we know him

14:14 - Can you even talk about AA?

15:25 - Hiding stuff all the time

16:29 - Humility

17:30 - Separating the biography from the writing?

18:20 - Alcohol & Poetry, John Berryman

19:48 - Sharing and honesty and irony

21:11 - The Big Book is IJ

22:14 - William James, Religious Experience

25:39 - AA and agnosticism

26:02 - G.O.D. = Group of Drunks

26:25 - It all comes down to pragmatism

27:15 - Gately saving Randy Lenz, a program of action

29:04 - The gift of desperation

31:30 - St. Anselm

33:00 - Gately enjoys riding with the crocodiles

37:31 - Big Craig

38:10 - Interview with Deb Larson-Venable, the real Pat Montesian

39:43 - How John came in

41:09 - Gratitude? Seriously?

44:58 - A giant love letter to AA

48:44 - It sounds like a cliche

51:20 - A favorite part of Infinite Jest

54:05 - Fleeting mention of Trump, sorry

54:44 - Fake cliche motto

57:40 - Burlington, Vermont & Hebron, Connecticut

59:01 - Norwalk virus

1:00:11 - The Joke in Infinite Jest

1:02:13 - Vocabulary of emotional literacy

1:03:56 - The problem of solipsism

1:07:07 - @callmejohnmango, Facebook, The Blog - https://hazardsofthecourse.wordpress.com/

1:10:23 - Destigmatizing the disease

1:11:13 - Android Netrunner

Episode 19 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Rachel Laird & Amy Pelletier

29Sep

00:0000:00

In this episode, Dave and Matt start by catching up about the recent photo caption contest winner and entries, Dairy Queen, Flannery O'Connor conferences, and the distinguished list of famous writers Matt has met. Then, our guests Amy and Rachel talk to Dave about their recent experiences reading Infinite Jest for the first time. 

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