David Foster Wallace

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This week in the Phoenix: Actionable odors! Spine hymens! Weirdly prescient scholarly Godzilla throwdowns!

A whole heap of nerdly delights ensconced in this week's Phoenix -- from an interview with comix goddess Lynda Barry (who encourages you to "blow...
By Ariel Shearer  |  April 17, 2011
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David Foster Wallace's The Pale King

All I can do is tell you how I read the book.
Final words
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  April 15, 2011

Does this book make me look smart?

The first and only complete passage of Infinite Jest Chris Braiotta ever read was tattooed on somebody's calf.
Somervillian mocks the cult of David Foster Wallace with Tumblr-tastic 'People Holding Infinite Jest'
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 15, 2011

Authors talking: Spring readings in Boston

America’s best young novelist, Britain’s most popular mystery writer, a bearded indie rocker, and a dead master populate this spring’s mandatory literary events.
By ear
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 18, 2011

11 Fictional glimpses of the Boston of tomorrow

The history of the future is not long.
Futures past
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 21, 2011

11 Fictional glimpses of the Boston of tomorrow

The history of the future is not long.
Futures past
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 21, 2011

People Holding Infinite Jest

People Holding Infinite Jest

This weekend, I met someone who had read Infinite Jest twice. "I read it thrice," I told him. My one-upmanship wasn't entirely honest -- the third...
By Eugenia Williamson  |  January 03, 2011
Posthumous David Foster Wallace novel to be released next April

Posthumous David Foster Wallace novel to be released next April

The Pale King, which, as some of you may remember, was the book the late David Foster Wallace was working on around the time of...
By Ryan Stewart  |  September 15, 2010
Leo Tolstoy: Howie Carr's Ghostwriter?

Leo Tolstoy: Howie Carr's Ghostwriter?

Amanda Palmer = Stephen King?Behold the Internet's latest triumph of cultural appropriation: I Write Like. The website, founded by a 27-year-old Russian software programmer named...
By Steve Miller  |  July 20, 2010

Raw Boswell

David Foster Wallace had a crush on Alanis Morissette. He drank Diet Rite soda by the case. David Lynch changed him.

By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  May 14, 2010

Nervous guy

In his better solo songs and the majority of the material he’s made with the alt-country band Old 97’s, Rhett Miller is a big-mouthed wannabe playboy on the verge of collapse.
Rhett Miller’s anxious and irresistible pop songs
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 26, 2010


Three-hour tours

They crowd our sidewalks, wearing lobster hats and carrying LL Bean bags, from August through October. We’re told about how their presence is vital to our economy.
Lessons from a cruise-ship trip to Portland
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 06, 2009

Review: Brief Interviews With Hideous Men

Bleeding admiration for the David Foster Wallace stories on which it’s based, John Krasinski’s directorial debut follows Sara Quinn (Julianne Nicholson) as she interviews men about their sexual proclivities for her master’s thesis.
John Krasinski takes on David Foster Wallace and succeeds
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  November 06, 2009

Endurance Reads

Beach reading . The very phrase is abhorrent to book lovers, connoting as it does cheap paperbacks, tumescent with air-dried seawater and crunchy with sand, paragraph after paragraph of poorly written pulp meant to be read as fast as the passing of su
Summer-Book Therapy Sessions
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 19, 2009

Eating like tourists

This year Portland's restaurant "scene" seemed to nudge its way into the consciousness of the national food media
Are Portland restaurants captive to visitors' dollars?
By BRIAN DUFF  |  December 23, 2008

We got everything

Hopkins vented with Doomsday . Here he as produced something more measured, and, in the end, more long-lasting.
Frank Hopkins discovers the American Dream
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 19, 2008


Hardly getting over it

As you probably know by now, on September 12 Wallace hung himself after a long battle with depression.
David Foster Wallace, 1962-2008
By DAVID ANDREW STOLER  |  September 25, 2008

Portland scene report: September 18, 2008

RIP David Foster Wallace. Hey, man, we stole a ton of our style from you.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 17, 2008

David Foster Wallace — 1962–2008

A story called “Forever Overhead” by David Foster Wallace appeared in the 1992 edition of Best American Short Stories .
Overhead baggage
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  September 17, 2008

Capital loss

Two things stood out when the book tour for an impressive new anthology, The American Idea: The Best of the Atlantic Monthly , rolled through town this past month.

How has moving from Boston to Washington changed the Atlantic?

By ADAM REILLY  |  November 05, 2007

Black lights

Grids pulsed behind them on three screens, and Matthew Bellamy keened softly, “You will burn in Hell.”
Cold War Kids + Muse, Agganis Arena, August 11, 2007
By ELLEE DEAN  |  August 13, 2007


Digital strips

In the not-too-distant past, telling someone you were interested in webcomics was met with awkward stares and changes of subject.  (Trust me.)
The rise of webcomics and four artists leading the way
By JOE BERNARDI  |  July 10, 2007

Mass marketing

Everyone who reads him knows that George Saunders is one of the funniest writers at work today. What’s less remarked on is his capacity to wrench pathos from comedy.
George Saunders’s tragic-comic consumers
By JOHN FREEMAN  |  May 02, 2006

Interview: David Foster Wallace

Editor's Note: This story originally appeared in the February 20, 1998 edition of the Boston Phoenix .
 Talking about fiction, fellatio and meddling editors with the only American essayist who uses "like" as punctuation.
By TOM SCOCCA  |  February 20, 1998