Episode 2 - Discussing David Foster Wallace and The End of the Tour



In this episode, we spend most of the show discussing James Ponsoldt's film "The End of the Tour." If you have not seen the movie yet, there are spoilers of a sort.

Thanks again to Robyn O'Neil for her artwork, Parquet Courts for the intro song, and Jordan Tibbett for the transcript and show notes.

Show Notes

(00:00) - Intro

(00:30) - End of the Tour (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_end_of_the_tour_2015/)

(02:39) - James Ponsoldt

(04:20) - Jason Segel’s Performance

(07:42) - Faithfulness to The Book

(08:00) - David Lipsky

(09:54) - Jesse Eisenberg’s Performance

(10:53) - Lipsky and Wallace’s Relationship

(13:33) - The Facade of Fame vs. Authenticity

(15:00) - Success, Fulfillment, and Happiness

(17:25) - Today’s Relevance

(19:30) - Self-Promotion in Writing

(22:00) - Should It Exist (http://biblioklept.org/2013/12/13/although-of-course-you-end-up-riffing-obliquely-on-how-a-david-foster-wallace-road-trip-movie-is-a-terrible-idea/)

(23:47) - The Denunciation from Wallace’s Estate

(24:52) - “Saint” Dave

(28:39) - Wallace’s Portrayal Too Happy/Sad?

(36:45) - DFW’s Cultural Relevance

(37:26) - Other Adaptations

(41:30) - The Novel’s Cultural Relevance

(43:19) - 20th Anniversary of Infinite Jest

(46:49) - Wallace and Feminism

(48:08) - Final Thoughts on The Movie

(51:37) - The Director James Ponsoldt

(54:44) - Outro

People Mentioned


David Foster Wallace (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Foster_Wallace)

David Lipsky (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Lipsky)

James Ponsoldt (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Ponsoldt)

Jason Segel (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Segel)

Jesse Eisenberg (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesse_Eisenberg)

Don DeLillo (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_DeLillo)

Cormac McCarthy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cormac_McCarthy)

Thomas Pynchon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Pynchon)

Edwin Turner (Biblioklept) (https://twitter.com/biblioklept)

Brian Eno (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Eno)

Bonnie Nadell

D.T. Max (http://dtmax.com)

Michael Schur (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Schur)

John Krasinski (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Krasinski)

Chris Ayers (Poor Yorick Ent.) (http://pooryorickentertainment.tumblr.com)

Mary K. Holland (https://faculty.newpaltz.edu/maryholland/index.php/cv/)

Robyn O’Neil (robynoneil.com)

Parquet Courts (https://parquetcourts.wordpress.com)

Episode 1 - Discussing David Foster Wallace


The Great Concavity is inspired by the debate in David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest

In this initial episode, we introduce ourselves and talk a little about what a DFW podcast might entail.

Artwork courtesy of Robyn O'Neil

Intro song courtesy of Parquet Courts.

UPDATE: Below are show notes courtesy of Jordan Tibbett. A transcript of episode 1, also by Jordan is available here: https://www.scribd.com/doc/286341051/Great-Concavity-podcast-Ep-1-Show-Notes-Transcript

Show Notes


(00:00) - Intro

(01:08) - Matt’s Background

(01:10) - wallace-l (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Pynchon)

(01:55) - Howling Fantods (http://www.thehowlingfantods.com/dfw/)

(02:50) - Thomas Pynchon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Pynchon)

(05:04) - Sideshow Media Group (http://sideshowmediagroup.com)

(05:12) - Elegant Complexity (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1655890.Elegant_Complexity)

(05:12) - Nature’s Nightmare (http://www.amazon.com/Natures-Nightmare-Analyzing-Wallaces-Oblivion/dp/098893051X/)

(13:02) - Academic Papers

(14:21) - Dave’s Background

(14:55) - The Ogopogo (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogopogo)

(15:10) - Infinite Jest/Molly Notkin/Joelle van Dyne

(17.30) - Roberto Bolano (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roberto_Bolaño)

(18:51) - Don DeLillo (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_DeLillo)

(20:00) - Chris Adrian/McSweeney’s (http://www.mcsweeneys.net)

(21:45) - Cormac McCarthy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cormac_McCarthy)

(24:00) - The Pale King/ Chris Fogel

(26:48) - Jonathan Lethem (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Lethem)

(29:34) - First Annual DFW conference

(36:48) - Special Thanks



People Mentioned


David Foster Wallace (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Foster_Wallace)

Nick Maniatis (https://twitter.com/nick_maniatis)

Thomas Pynchon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Pynchon)

John Bucher (http://johnbucher.org/)

Greg Carlisle (http://www.amazon.com/Natures-Nightmare-Analyzing-Wallaces-Oblivion/dp/098893051X/)

David Hering (http://www.amazon.com/Consider-David-Foster-Wallace-Critical/dp/0976146576/)

Cormac Mcarthy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cormac_McCarthy)

Don DeLillo (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_DeLillo)

Roberto Bolano (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roberto_Bolaño)

Jonathan Franzen (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Franzen)

George Saunders (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Saunders)

Jeffrey Eugenides (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeffrey_Eugenides)

William T. Vollmann (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_T._Vollmann)

Rick Moody (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Moody)

Chris Adrian (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Adrian)

Adam Levin (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Levin)

Beth Nugent (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beth_Nugent)

Larry McCaffery (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_McCaffery)

Jonathan Lethem (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Lethem)

William Faulkner (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Faulkner)

John Updike (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Updike)