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)