Episode 3 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Robyn O’Neil



In this episode we talk with artist Robyn O'Neil. Her artwork titled These final hours embrace at last; this is our ending, this is our past is the logo for our podcast. 

See more of her work at http://robynoneil.com/ or listen to her reading stuff on her own podcast called "Me Reading Stuff" - http://robynoneil.com/me-reading-stuff/ 
She's @Robyn_ONeil on Twitter.
Our podcast is @ConcavityShow on Twitter.

Show Notes


(00:00) - Intro

(00:39) - Guest Robyn O’neil

(02:00) - Robyn’s Image For the Podcast (http://www.themodern.org/programs/Past/Robyn-ONeil/1464)

(02:40) - Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

(04:38) - The Believer Interview with Wallace (http://www.believermag.com/issues/200311/?read=interview_wallace)

(04:38) - The Believer Interview with Robyn (http://www.believermag.com/issues/200811/?read=interview_oneil)

(05:05) - Robyn’s Style of Work

(07:50) - An Obsession with Oprah

(11:08) - Robyn’s Background with Wallace

(11:25) - Reluctance to Read Contemporary Literature

(14:28) - Vladimir Nabokov and A Passion for Writers

(17:24) - Nabokov’s Connection to Updike

(17:40) - The Obsession with Writers

(18:40) - Steeply/Marathe and The Idea of Attachment

(18:55) - The Connection Between Self-Obsession and Creation

(21:38) - This is Water Commencement Speech (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CrOL-ydFMI)

(22:20) - Finding Meaning in Art vs. A Higher Power

(23:49) - Art and Transcendence

(28:30) - Pop Culture’s Dominance in Society

(33:10) - Robyn’s Podcast (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/me-reading-stuff/id1010827465?mt=2)

(37:29) - A Radically Condensed History of Postindustrial Life and Self-Awareness

(44:20) - Handling a Public Profile

(48:38) - ‘Midwestern’ Politeness

(49:15) - Robyn’s Influences

(55:00) - Hurricane Sandy

(56:48) - Final Thoughts on Obsession and Ambition

(57:00) - Robyn Reading From Infinite Jest

(01:03:12) - Outro



People Mentioned

Robyn O'Neil (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robyn_O%27Neil)

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

Oprah Winfrey (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oprah_Winfrey)

E. Tyler Lindvall (http://etylerlindvall.blogspot.com)

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

Donna Tartt (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donna_Tartt)

Donald Barthelme (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Barthelme)

Vladimir Nabokov (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Nabokov)

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

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

Hugh/Helen Steeply (http://infinitesummer.org/characters)

Remy Marathe (http://infinitesummer.org/characters)

Elena Ferrante (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elena_Ferrante)

Howard Stern (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Stern)

Wallace Stevens (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallace_Stevens)

Kevin Christy

Nick Youssef