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 6 - 2015 Year in Review

7Jan

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In this episode we go almost completely OFF TOPIC and wrap up 2015 by discussing our favorite books, movies, music, TV shows, and games of the year. 

We've collected some of the music recommended in this episode into this playlist on Apple Music.
One artist who didn't make it on the playlist is Joanna Newsom, who doesn't license her music to most streaming services. But she does get Paul Thomas Anderson to direct her new music video!
At the end of this episode we request that listeners send us questions. We will be collecting listener questions about DFW & his work through the end of January. We'll answer those questions in an episode in February. Email us at concavityshow@gmail.com or hit us on Twitter @ConcavityShow.

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

27Oct

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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)