Episode 54 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Martina Testa

26May

In Episode 54, we talk to Martina Testa, Editor at Edizioni SUR, and one of Wallace's Italian translators and interpreters. The conversation explores her background with discovering Wallace's writing, getting contracts to translate his work, the Italian fervour surrounding him, and her friendship with Wallace. 

 

You can find Martina online in these places:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/martinatesta

Edizioni SUR Website - https://www.edizionisur.it/chi-siamo/

 

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Episode 53 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Adam Levin, author of Bubblegum and The Instructions

7Apr

In Episode 53, we're joined by the writer Adam Levin, author of The Instructions, Hot Pink, and the incredible forthcoming novel Bubblegum, which releases April 14, 2020. In our conversation, we talk a good deal about the new novel, Adam's experience reading/thinking about Wallace, swearing, parrots, swearing & parrots, metafiction, and other fun topics.

Show notes:

Adam's website: https://www.adamlevinadamlevin.com/

Order Bubblegum - https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780385544962

Guernica excerpt of Bubblegumhttps://www.guernicamag.com/bubblegum/?fbclid=IwAR39CVIwDGSW9KZm7rrzGA7DaMEAG4sLpf7lxjHVZq4wEvtYZpo2LJW7s58

Order The Instructionshttps://store.mcsweeneys.net/products/the-instructions

Order Hot Pinkhttps://store.mcsweeneys.net/products/hot-pink?taxon_id=1

"Kid Positive" The New Yorkerhttps://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/03/02/kid-positive

"Kid Positive" interview, The New Yorkerhttps://www.newyorker.com/books/this-week-in-fiction/adam-levin-03-02-20

 

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Episode 52 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Jon Baskin

8Mar

In Episode 52, we talk to Jon Baskin, author of the exciting new book Ordinary Unhappiness: The Therapeutic Fiction of David Foster Wallace. Topics of exploration in the conversation include Freud, Wittgenstein, and hating Ben Lerner (or not). 

 

You can find out more details and buy Jon's book here, through Stanford University Press: https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=29316

Jon’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/BaskinJon

The Point Twitter and website: https://twitter.com/the_point_mag & https://t.co/QV9prYnta5?amp=1

On The Hatred of Literature - https://thepointmag.com/letter/on-the-hatred-of-literature/

 

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Episode 51 - 2019 Year in Review (feat. Mike Miley)

1Jan

In Episode 51, we bring on our resident film expert and Episode 38 guest Mike Miley to talk about our year in books, movies, music, TV, and games. 

Show Notes: 

Link to Jeff Tweedy & George Saunders interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWlKCB1JCG0

2019 Playlist (iTunes): https://music.apple.com/ca/playlist/the-great-concavitys-best-of-2019/pl.u-yZyVVY3tYq2akv

2019 Playlist (Spotify): https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6blJyhTb9QdKFB1qdyc9ug

Mike's Book: https://www.upress.state.ms.us/Books/T/Truth-and-Consequences

Mike's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mikecmiley?lang=en

Approaches to Teaching Wallacehttps://www.mla.org/Publications/Bookstore/Approaches-to-Teaching-World-Literature/Approaches-to-Teaching-the-Works-of-David-Foster-Wallace

 

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Episode 50 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Michael McGowan & Martin Brick

11Dec

In Episode 50, we talk to Michael McGowan and Martin Brick, the editors of David Foster Wallace and Religion: Essays on Faith and Fiction, out now from Bloomsbury Academic: https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/david-foster-wallace-and-religion-9781501345289/

Contact our guests: 

Michael McGowan: prof.mcgowan@gmail.com

Martin Brick: brickm@ohiodominican.edu

 

Contact Dave & Matt

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Episode 49.2 - Discussing David Foster Wallace & Don DeLillo’s Letters

7Nov

This is the second and final episode covering Wallace and DeLillo's correspondence, housed at the Ransom Center Archive in Austin, Texas. 

Show notes: 

1996 Leonard Lopate interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZ4AeIRKbfwhttps://www.wnyc.org/story/56878-david-foster-wallace/

1996 David Streitfeld piece: https://craigfehrman.com/2010/05/05/details-1996-profile-of-david-foster-wallace/

Robyn O'Neil's show at The Modern, WE, THE MASSEShttps://www.themodern.org/exhibition/upcoming/robyn-oneil-we-the-masses-/5115

Robyn O'Neil pop-up shop at The Modern: https://shop.themodern.org/collections/robyn-oneil

 

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Episode 49.1 - Discussing David Foster Wallace & Don DeLillo’s Letters

26Sep

After a very busy summer, Dave and Matt reconvene to discuss the Wallace/DeLillo correspondence housed at the Ransom Center in Austin, Texas. This will be the first instalment of a several-part episode, as there's a lot here to cover!

Five Dials, David Foster Wallace Memorial - https://fivedials.com/files/fivedials_no10.pdf

 

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Episode 48 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Yonina Hoffman

1Jul

In Episode 48, we're joined by Yonina Hoffman. Yonina is PhD student at the Ohio State University. Her work centers around, you guessed it, David Foster Wallace.

In this discussion, we cover a range of topics around DFW's work and Yonina's dissertation. We discuss voice, narrative, voice, humor and other issues that track across Wallace's career. Yonina has also presented on Updike and New Sincerity so we ask her about that.

You can find Yonina on Twitter: @yonina. She also has this nifty website: http://www.yoninahoffman.com/

 

Contact Dave and Matt:

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Episode 47 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Jim Gauer, author of Novel Explosives

10May

In Episode 47, we're joined by Jim Gauer, author of the excellent Novel Explosives, a book you've no doubt heard us mention in recent conversations. Jim is a mathematician, published poet, and self-described as the world's only Marxist venture capitalist. 

In this discussion, we cover a range of topics around Jim's book, it's relation to Wallace's sensibilities and Infinite Jest, the dangers of hyper-capitalism, the anxiety of influence, lethality enhancement, and a host of others. 

Jim's book can be purchased through your local bookstore (which he most encourages), with the backup plan of online sales (though he implores you to avoid giving Jeff Bezos more money to fuel his space colony dystopia, if possible) - http://zerogrampress.com/2016/10/08/novel-explosives/

 

Links discussed:

Jim's interview with Michael Silverblatt on Bookwormhttps://www.kcrw.com/culture/shows/bookworm/jim-gauer-novel-explosives

Jim's interview on Eye 94https://www.mixcloud.com/lumpenradio/eye-94-4-15-2018-jim-gauer/

Jim's Paris Review poetry: https://www.theparisreview.org/poetry/2778/will-this-thought-do-jim-gauer

 

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Episode 46 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Marshall Boswell

5Apr

In Episode 46 we talk to Rhodes College professor and O.G. Wallace scholar Marshall Boswell about his new book The Wallace Effect: David Foster Wallace and the Contemporary Literary Imagination, out now from Bloomsbury Press!

As usual, we bash Franzen a bit, get some overview of the central novels addressed in Marshall's book, and discuss the recent trend of "Wallace Snark" online. 

 

Contact Dave and Matt:

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Email - concavityshow@gmail.com

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Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/concavityshow/

 

Episode 45 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Kyle Beachy

11Mar

In Episode 45, we get to talk to Kyle Beachy, Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Roosevelt U in Chicago, and author of the novel The Slide. In it, we discuss his extensive teaching of Wallace's work to creative writing students, his novel and writing on skateboarding, and get some great book recommendations from him (Kyle being one of the most well-read people Matt knows, which is saying a lot). 

 

Things we said we'd link to: 

Growing Sentences with David Foster Wallace - https://kottke.org/09/03/growing-sentences-with-david-foster-wallace

Kyle's "The Deep Seams: A Search for Fun in David Foster Wallace's Peoria" - http://theclassical.org/articles/the-deep-seams

Dave's skate video part (from around 2002) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-4BV-tbwMk

Kyle Beachy's (apparently outdated) website - http://kylebeachy.com/

Kyle Beachy Twitter - https://twitter.com/kylebeachy

Kyle Beachy Tumblr - http://themostfunthing.tumblr.com/

James Dahl Memorial Harry Ransom Donation - https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/utgiving/online/nlogon/?menu1=HR**

 

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Episode 44 - 2018 Year in Review

21Jan

In this episode, Dave and Matt talk about their favorite literary and pop-cultural artifacts from the past year. This episode offers a contest as well, associated with the following music playlist. Good luck!

TGC's Favorite Music of 2018 (iTunes) - https://itunes.apple.com/ca/playlist/the-great-concavitys-favorite-songs-of-2018/pl.u-pMyll2jh4KoErM

TGC's Favorite Music of 2018 (Spotify) - https://open.spotify.com/user/concavityshow/playlist/6Gkdv29x9bpXIIzmmlWolO?si=V2aBBNKASm-70W12xwfn0g

 

Show Notes:

*Correctional note* - When Matt was talking about Robert Coover in Marfa, he meant Robert Creeley.

Dante Society - https://www.dantesociety.org/

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Episode 43 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Bo Butler

20Dec

In Episode 43 we meet our nemesis Bo Butler of Pynchon in Public for the inevitable postmodern fiction podcast throwdown. Join us as we discuss the history of our beefing over literary turf and all related topics!

Episode 42 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Esther J. Cepeda

19Nov

In Episode 42 we talk to Chicago-based journalist and teacher Esther J. Cepeda about her love of Wallace, annual Infinite Jest reads, and other related literature and pop culture. A huge thank you to our Patrons as well on #ThankYouPatrons day today! 

Show notes: 

Esther's favourite cards - Art of Play - https://www.artofplay.com/collections/playing-cards 

Esther's Twitter - https://twitter.com/estherjcepeda

Great Concavity on Twitter - https://twitter.com/ConcavityShow

Great Concavity on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/concavityshow/?hl=en

Email us - concavityshow@gmail.com

Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/concavityshow

 

Episode 41 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Tim Personn

25Oct

In Episode 41, we talk to Dr. Tim Personn (in person!) from the University of Victoria about his recently-defended dissertation, "Fictions of Proximity: The Wallace Nexus in Contemporary Literature." Buckle up for a philosophical discussion, as Tim takes us on a ride through the work of Wittgenstein, Derrida, and other thinkers whose work informed Wallace's fiction and influence on the modern literary landscape. Other topics include tacos, seeing Parquet Courts live, and potential future podcast beefs!

 

Show Notes:

Shazia Hafiz Ramji's book Port of Beinghttps://invisiblepublishing.com/product/port-of-being/

Kieran Setiya's Midlife - http://www.ksetiya.net/midlife.html

Tim's website - timpersonn.com

Post 45 "The Dave Show" - http://post45.research.yale.edu/2011/11/the-dave-show/

Medium/Just Words "How David Lipsky Captures the Spirit of David Foster Wallace" - https://medium.com/just-words/the-dave-show-5f07c1f83a86

Tim's Twitter - https://twitter.com/timpersonn

Contact The Great Concavity:

 

 

Episode 40 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Greg Carlisle

25Aug

In Episode 40, we welcome Greg Carlisle, author of the Infinite Jest commentary, Elegant Complexity, and Nature's Nightmare, an analysis of Wallace's Oblivion collection. 

 

Greg's books here: http://www.sideshowmediagroup.com/books/

 

Contact Greg: g.carlisle@moreheadstate.edu

Episode 39 - 2018 ISU David Foster Wallace Conference Review (feat. Matt Luter)

26Jun

We're joined by repeat guest Matt Luter to talk about all the fun Dave missed out on at the recent Illinois State University Wallace conference, held June 7-9, 2018. Topics covered include panel recaps, anagram alter egos, karaoke highlights, and all other manner of conference scoops. Almost as good as having been there! 

Episode 38 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Mike Miley

6May

In Episode 38 we talk again with Mike Miley, Vice President of the International David Foster Wallace Society and quiz kid extraordinaire. Topics include film, game shows, Oliver Stone, JFK assassination scoops, and hanging out with Michael Silverblatt. 

Show Notes: 

Smart Set – “Reading Wallace Reading”

https://thesmartset.com/article08181401/

 

Medium – “Caught in the Bandana Trap”

https://medium.com/just-words/caught-in-the-9fa2c864b76d

 

Medium – “The Eye of Sauron”

https://medium.com/just-words/the-eye-of-sauron-d454ed83377a

 

Critique­ – “…And Starring David Foster Wallace as Himself: Performance and Persona in The Pale King”

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/00111619.2015.1028611?needAccess=true

 

Mike’s Twitter: twitter.com/MikeCMiley

 

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

5Apr

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

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

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