Episode 13: Discussing David Foster Wallace with Rob Short


In this episode we talk with Wallace scholar Rob Short. We discuss everything from AA & recovery to William James and summer camp. 

You can follow Rob on twitter and academia.edu here:




Show Notes

Urine trouble? You’re in luck! - 00:49

Rob’s academic background – 1:09

Wallace’s interview with SPEAK magazine – 3:15

Rob’s paper at the 2014 DFW Conference – 5:26

The idea of “worshipping” – 6:30

Readers at academic conferences – 8:42

The obtuseness of Derrida – 10:24

Glenn K. – 11:30

“To impress people when you are 24” – 12:19

Teaching Wallace - 15:18

DFW’s early publishing history & audience – 29:00

David Markson – 30:26

Wallace’s inter-novel period – 34:00

Rob’s dissertation’s structure – 37:27

William James – 41:26

The rhetoric of AA – 46:33

How Don Gately goes straight – 50:30

Zadie Smith on DFW – 52:29

Catholics by Brian Moore – 56:33

Personal religion stuff – 57:45

United Church of Canada and atheism– 1:01:21

Post-secular society – 1:03:36

A spectrum of salvation/hope - 1:05:47

Addicts are throwaway people – 1:08:15

“Use” and usefulness - 1:09:55

Rote discipline and routine – 1:12:35

Wallace at Le Conversazioni http://robshort.org/files/Le_Conversazioni_2006.mp4 - 1:15:48

Eternal thanks to Parquet Courts, David C. Jensen, and Robyn O’Neil … and You of course. 

Episode 12: Discussing David Foster Wallace with David Hering


In this episode we talk with DFW scholar David Hering. Hering is the author of the forthcoming book David Foster Wallace: Fiction + Form. He's also a Lecturer at the University of Liverpool and editor of the book Consider David Foster Wallace. You can follow him on Twitter at @hering_david


Episode 11: Answering Your Questions about David Foster Wallace



In this episode, we finally get around to answering the questions you submitted in February. Listen to find out if we answered yours!

We also mention this clip of Wallace talking about traveling to Italy:

And be sure to follow our show on Twitter over yonder ----> @ConcavityShow

Episode 10: Discussing David Foster Wallace with Nick Maniatis of The Howling Fantods


In this episode, we talk with Nick Maniatis, proprietor and webmaster of the invaluable website, The Howling Fantods.

If you are a DFW fan, Nick probably needs no introduction, but we do ask him how the site came to be and how it has evolved over the years. 
Be sure to follow him on Twitter here:@nick_maniatis or on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/and.but.so/

Episode 9: Discussing David Foster Wallace with Jenni B. Baker


In this episode, we talk about Infinite Jest (and lots of other things) with Jenni B. Baker, Editor-in-Chief of The Found Poetry Review and creator of the Erasing Infinite project. 

Jenni is also one of the guides of the current Infinite Winter project. You can follow Jenni on Twitter @erasinginfinite and @jennibbaker.

Episode 8 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with DT Max


In this episode we talk with Wallace biographer D.T. Max. Max is the author of Every Love Story is a Ghost Story

We also mention his latest piece in the New Yorker about a pioneering surgery for paraplegics. 

If you don't follow him already, he's @dtmax on Twitter.

Also, here is a WBUR radio interview with David Foster Wallace from 1996, which we mention in this episode: http://radioopensource.org/david-foster-wallace-chris-lydon/

Episode 7 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Chris Ayers


Chris Ayers designed a number of movie posters from James Incandenza's filmography. He posts his art and designs at http://pooryorickentertainment.tumblr.com

In this episode we discuss the upcoming 20th anniversary edition of Infinite Jest and the cover design contest. Head on over to Poor Yorick Entertainment to see the winning design and some other entrants.

You can follow Chris on Twitter at @chrisAcreative

Episode 6 - 2015 Year in Review


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 5 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Tim Groenland


In this episode with talk with Irish scholar Tim Groenland, who has written extensively about Wallace and The Pale King. Groenland's doctoral work is concerned with authorship and the way Michael Pietsch molded The Pale King after Wallace's death. We also discuss Gordon Lish's editorial relationship with Raymond Carver. 

You can follow Tim on Twitter @groenbot.

Episode 4 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Corrie Baldauf


In this episode we talk with artist Corrie Baldauf. If you haven't seen her Infinite Jest project, check it out here: http://hyperallergic.com/178866/reading-david-foster-wallace-for-the-colors/

And follow her on Twitter! https://twitter.com/CorrieBaldauf
Show notes courtesy of Jordan Tibbett.

Show Notes

(00:00) - Intro

(00:30) - Guest Corrie Baldauf

(01:50) - Corrie’s Infinite Jest Project

(03:50) - Pale King Cover Design

(06:51) - Corrie’s Introduction to Infinite Jest

(08:20) - Color References in The Book

(12:00) - An Excerpt of Color Usage

(13:30) - Jenni Baker’s Erasing Infinite Jest

(15:05) - Matt’s Entry in The Found Poetry Review (http://www.foundpoetryreview.com/wrt-david-foster-wallace/david-foster-wallace-titles-roughly-translated-into-other-languages-and-roughly-translated-back-into-english/)

(16:19) - Various Narrative Threads in Infinite Jest

(20:50) - Corrie’s Profile in Hyperallergic (http://hyperallergic.com/178866/reading-david-foster-wallace-for-the-colors/)

(20:50) - Corrie’s Cover Art on Unspeakable Failures: David Foster Wallace

(25:15) - The Literary Community and Twitter

(28:38) - Infinite Jest’s 20th Anniversary Cover Redesign

(33:14) - Imagery of ‘The Cage’

(38:30) - Karen Green’s Bough Down

(42:28) - Corrie’s Experience Reading Infinite Jest

(45:04) - Autism and Wallace

(48:20) - Characters in The Pale King linked to Characters in Infinite Jest

(50:36) - Corrie’s Optimism Project

(53:50) - Corrie’s New Book

(55:40) - Wallace in The Classroom

(57:45) - Final Thoughts

(59:30) - Outro


People Mentioned

Corrie Baldauf (http://corriebaldauf.com/home.html)

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

Karen Green (http://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/apr/10/karen-green-david-foster-wallace-interview)

Jenni B. Baker (http://www.jennibbaker.com)

Clare Hayes-Brady (http://www.amazon.com/Unspeakable-Failures-David-Foster-Wallace/dp/1501313525)

Sarah Rose Sharp (http://hyperallergic.com/author/sarah-rose-sharp/)

Sidney Peterson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidney_Peterson)

Matt Tresco

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

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)

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