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Discussions about the life, literature, and legacy of David Foster Wallace with a wide variety of guests from myriad backgrounds and disciplines.

The Great Concavity Matt Bucher & Dave Laird

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Discussions about the life, literature, and legacy of David Foster Wallace with a wide variety of guests from myriad backgrounds and disciplines.

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

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

    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 Wallace: https://www.mla.org/Publications/Bookstore/Approaches-to-Teaching-World-Literature/Approaches-to-Teaching-the-Works-of-David-Foster-Wallace
     
    Contact Dave & Matt
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    Email - concavityshow@gmail.com
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    • 1 hr 57 min
    Episode 50 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Michael McGowan & Martin Brick

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

    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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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Episode 49.2 - Discussing David Foster Wallace & Don DeLillo’s Letters

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

    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 MASSES: https://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
     
    Contact Dave and Matt:
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/ConcavityShow
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    Email - concavityshow@gmail.com
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    • 1 hr 35 min
    Episode 49.1 - Discussing David Foster Wallace & Don DeLillo's Letters

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

    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
     
    Contact Dave and Matt:
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/ConcavityShow
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    Email - concavityshow@gmail.com
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 48 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Yonina Hoffman

    Episode 48 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Yonina Hoffman

    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:
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/ConcavityShow
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    Email - concavityshow@gmail.com
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    • 1 hr 33 min
    Episode 47 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Jim Gauer, author of Novel Explosives

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

    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 Bookworm: https://www.kcrw.com/culture/shows/bookworm/jim-gauer-novel-explosives
    Jim's interview on Eye 94: https://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
     
    Contact Dave and Matt:
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    Email - concavityshow@gmail.com
    Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/concavityshow
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/concavityshow/

    • 1 hr 26 min

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