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marcus-sakey's picture
Jul.23.2013
Here's what I wrote when David Foster Wallace killed himself in almost five years ago. It was posted at The Outfit on September 19th, 2008. As you can't possibly not have heard by now, last Friday David Foster Wallace hung himself. The thing about the death of a famous person whose work you...
michael-seidel's picture
May.13.2013
I could not find my mantra today.  I seached for the slow leak in me that's draining my fuel and starving my engine.  I can feel my body shaking with the last of it as the engine coughs and sputters.  I'm waiting for the engine to die today. This video captures much of my daily maze...
bob-levin's picture
Dec.14.2012
My most recent take on Bob Dylan, posted here a few weeks ago, has been picked up by First of the Month as part of a star-studded line-up which can be sampled below.  If anything appeals, it can be read for free in full at the cited link.  Enjoy.   Read new posts at www....
sandra-stone's picture
May.01.2012
With what velocity the news spread. What ferocious respondents. It might be argued that there are too few major opportunities to recognize writers without taking a bold stance against. Is the system weighted that committees are growing fusty?  I say a little bombast opens the dialogue. Is it...
richard-martin's picture
Apr.09.2012
“If what’s always distinguished bad writing — flat characters, a narrative world that’s clichéd and not recognizably human, etc. — is also a description of today’s world, then bad writing becomes an ingenious mimesis of a bad world. If readers simply believe the world is stupid and shallow and...
beverley-bie-brahic's picture
Mar.29.2012
I've been reading David Foster Wallace, old essays on the web.  Here's a link.  Even if you don't think you are interested in tennis it's a great read. The lobster essay is good too.  Infinite Jest takes longer.   And now, I'm off, around the corner to the Village Voice to...
jeffrey-ricker's picture
Aug.24.2011
Over at Koreanish, Alexander Chee writes about Maud Newton's New York Times article on David Foster Wallace and how his prose style has been imitated and internalized by numerous writing students and has become the de facto tone on the Internet. You recognize what they mean at once: the qualifier-...
bob-mustin's picture
Apr.17.2011
I haven't read Wallace's cobbled-together book and likely won't. I've read enough of his work, and Franzen's, to realize their writing talents are immense, but wasted on ego-tripping. Still, I can't help but read about Wallace's new book via the media blitz its publisher is orchestrating. Of the...
tanya-grove's picture
Sep.15.2010
When I lost my teaching job, I decided to return to my old love—writing. My next thought was oh my god, how will I ever support myself by writing? I taught writing for twenty-four years, yet I somehow felt unprepared to become a writer myself. In most fields one becomes an expert on a subject...
bob-mustin's picture
Mar.23.2010
Every Thing Matters! by Ron Currie, Jr.   Writer friend Dave Frauenfelder loaned me this one, a novel I wouldn’t have picked - by an author I’d never heard of (with the overabundance of writers out there, such is the state of reading these days). It has much to dismay me, along the lines of my...