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Business, Murakami, DFW, and Music

Book suggestions for a gift exchange recipient that combine business, Haruki Murakami, David Foster Wallace, and/or music? (here's hoping my recipient isn't also a Mefite!) [more inside]
posted by divabat on Mar 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Which essay is DFW referring to?

In David Foster Wallace's introduction to The Best American Essays 2007, he refers to one of the essays as a "brutal little treat." Is there consensus on which essay he's referring to? Quote inside. [more inside]
posted by homodachi on Jul 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Trying to locate/confirm David Foster Wallace quote about life/honesty

Something about the importance or value of living honestly/doing something good while never being rewarded for your actions or even recognized for them. [more inside]
posted by fartknocker on Feb 10, 2013 - 8 answers

Infinite WTF

Personal recommendations for a reader's companion to Infinite Jest? [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri on Dec 11, 2012 - 15 answers

A Sort of Wagnerian Falling Into

What is the German word for the concept of giving yourself away to something? [more inside]
posted by dephlogisticated on Jan 15, 2012 - 5 answers

Restarting? Feels like homework.

Restarting Infinite Jest? I read (and enjoyed) around 400 pages worth of IJ around a year ago, but for whatever reason, I put it down for a break and never picked it up again. With a summer holiday ahead of me, I'm hoping to restart reading it. My question is: where do I start? Is it worth restarting it from scratch, or do I read some online guides to get me up to speed and read it from where my bookmark has been patiently placed? I turn to the hardiest of DFW fans for the answer!
posted by chronic sublime on Dec 12, 2011 - 18 answers

and but so...

Why was David Foster Wallace so footnote-happy? [more inside]
posted by mannequito on Nov 7, 2011 - 17 answers

Brilliant commencement speeches?

What are some great commencement addresses? [more inside]
posted by raf on Oct 8, 2011 - 12 answers

Help name my Infinite Jest blog.

Help name my Infinite Jest / vocabulary blog. [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill on Aug 27, 2011 - 18 answers

Infinite tattoo?

How would you represent DFW's Infinite Jest in tattoo form? [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto on Aug 26, 2011 - 31 answers

does david lynch still keep his head?

In his 1996 essay, David Lynch Keeps His Head, David Foster Wallace describes his three day visit to the set of Lost Highways. In the course of the essay, he describes his opinions of the success or failure of previous David Lynch projects, but did he ever comment on, or publish a review of Lost Highways after the film was released?
posted by mumblelard on Aug 7, 2011 - 1 answer

I just finished "Infinite Jest," and, um... what?

I finished reading "Infinite Jest," and anyone else who's read it knows I hardly even need ask, but, um, huh?!? Can someone please explain the ending for me, or link me to some good analysis? [more inside]
posted by tumbleweedjack on Nov 7, 2010 - 17 answers

I would like to consider "Consider the Lobster" some more.

Are the letters to the editor published in Gourmet magazine in response to "Consider the Lobster" available online? [more inside]
posted by apricot on Sep 12, 2010 - 13 answers

I'm looking for a certain quote in the first 300 pages of Infinite Jest.

I'm looking for a quote in Infinite Jest which is like looking for a needle in a haystack. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Mar 1, 2010 - 8 answers

How to Prepare for Infinite Jest

How should I prepare to read Infinite Jest? [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish on Sep 25, 2009 - 49 answers

"I wish you way more than luck."

Do you have the video for David Foster Wallace's 2005 Kenyon commencement speech? [more inside]
posted by suedehead on Apr 24, 2009 - 2 answers

French language in Infinite jest?

Why is French language so mangled in David Foster Wallace's novel Infinite Jest? [more inside]
posted by elgilito on Mar 7, 2009 - 16 answers

Identify a David Foster Wallace short story

Please help me identify/find this David Foster Wallace (very) short story. [more inside]
posted by hugo on Oct 28, 2008 - 3 answers

Women writers like Neal Stephenson, are there any?

Women writers like Neal Stephenson, are there any? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Oct 5, 2008 - 18 answers

Should I purchase Infinite Jest now or wait for the new edition?

Is it worth waiting for the new edition of David Foster Wallace's 'Infinite Jest' to come out in the UK? [more inside]
posted by takeyourmedicine on Nov 14, 2006 - 12 answers

Who else writes the kind of essays that David Foster Wallace writes?

I really like the essays that David Foster Wallace collects in _A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again_ and _Consider the Lobster_. Which essayists take a similar approach? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on Jul 28, 2006 - 12 answers

Recommend some great books for me, please. (MetaFiction?)

I need some recommendations for great fiction. And yes, I've read all those other threads. [more inside]
posted by nevercalm on Jun 29, 2006 - 38 answers

What happened in the last paragraph of "Oblivion?"

Long shot: can someone help me understand the ending to David Foster Wallace's short story "Oblivion" from his book of the same name? [more inside]
posted by juniper on Mar 26, 2006 - 5 answers

How to read David Foster Wallace?

When reading David Foster Wallace, do you stop for every footnote, or read the piece all the way through and go back and read the footnotes later? Or are you too anti-hip cool to read David Foster Wallace1? [more inside]
posted by alan on Aug 6, 2004 - 55 answers

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