60 episodes

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 57.2 - 2020 Year in Review (Feat. Chris Ayers) - Part 2

    Episode 57.2 - 2020 Year in Review (Feat. Chris Ayers) - Part 2

    In Part 2 of our 2020 Year in Review, we talk to old friend of the show, Chris Ayers, our resident film and TV specialist, about the year in screen-based entertainment. 
     
    Part 3 with Grace Chipperfield coming soon! 
     
    Find Chris' amazing Wallace-related and design work here: 
    Poor Yorick - https://pooryorickentertainment.tumblr.com/
    Professional - http://www.chrisayerscreative.com/
    Redbubble - https://www.redbubble.com/people/cwayers/shop/?collections=999954
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/chrisayerscreative/
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/chrisAcreative
     
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 57.1 - 2020 Year in Review (Feat. Matt Luter) - Part 1

    Episode 57.1 - 2020 Year in Review (Feat. Matt Luter) - Part 1

    Given our Year of Collective Quarantine, we had so much to talk about w/r/t our literary and pop-cultural consumption, that we have a three-parter for our 2020 recap.
    In Part 1 here, we talk to old friend and recurring guest of the show, Matt Luter, about his productive year in reading, and ours. We hope you find a slew of new books to add to your stack.
    Part 2 coming in January.
    Happy New Year to our wonderful listeners, and ode to a much better 2021!
     
    Find Matt Luter on Twitter: https://twitter.com/matthewjluter
     
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    • 2 hr 26 min
    Episode 56 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Jessica Anthony, author of Enter the Aardvark and The Convalescent

    Episode 56 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Jessica Anthony, author of Enter the Aardvark and The Convalescent

    In Episode 56, we have the great pleasure of talking to Jessica Anthony about her exceptional new book, Enter the Aardvark, as well as our classic favorite, The Convalescent, which you've no doubt heard us mention over the years. Jess unpacks for us her views on the imaginate power of fiction, 19th century British taxidermy, and some of the most expensive luxury goods on the planet. 
     
    Show Notes:
    André Breton “Manifesto of Surrealism - http://www2.hawaii.edu/~freeman/courses/phil330/MANIFESTO%20OF%20SURREALISM.pdf
    Zadie Smith – “Fascinated to Presume: In Defense of Fiction” - https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2019/10/24/zadie-smith-in-defense-of-fiction/
    Buy Enter the Aardvark (Little, Brown) - https://www.littlebrown.com/titles/jessica-anthony/enter-the-aardvark/9780316536134/
    Buy The Convalescent (McSweeney's) - https://store.mcsweeneys.net/products/the-convalescent
    Jessica on Instagram - @entertheanthony
     
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    • 1 hr 38 min
    Episode 55 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Christian TeBordo, author of Ghost Engine and Toughlahoma

    Episode 55 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Christian TeBordo, author of Ghost Engine and Toughlahoma

    In Episode 55, we're joined by writer Christian TeBordo, author of the recent short story collection Ghost Engine, and novel Toughlahoma. He's the director of the creative writing program at Roosevelt University in Chicago, and a colleague and friend of recent guests Adam Levin and Kyle Beachy. 
     
    You can buy his excellent books here: 
     
    Ghost Engine - bookshop.org/books/ghost-engine-stories/9781732366732
     
    Toughlahoma - bookshop.org/books/toughlahoma/9780986086908
     
    You can read some of his short fiction here:
     
    "The Star Thrower-Thrower" https://www.alwayscrashing.com/current/2018/3/26/the-star-thrower-thrower
     
    &
     
    "How We Lived on Mainstreet" https://vol1brooklyn.com/2018/12/02/sunday-stories-how-we-lived-on-main-street/
     
    Christian on Twitter: https://twitter.com/xtebordo
     
     
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    • 1 hr 40 min
    Episode 54 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Martina Testa

    Episode 54 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Martina Testa

    In Episode 54, we talk to Martina Testa, Editor at Edizioni SUR, and one of Wallace's Italian translators and interpreters. The conversation explores her background with discovering Wallace's writing, getting contracts to translate his work, the Italian fervour surrounding him, and her friendship with Wallace. 
     
    You can find Martina online in these places:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/martinatesta
    Edizioni SUR Website - https://www.edizionisur.it/chi-siamo/
     
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 53 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Adam Levin, author of Bubblegum and The Instructions

    Episode 53 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Adam Levin, author of Bubblegum and The Instructions

    In Episode 53, we're joined by the writer Adam Levin, author of The Instructions, Hot Pink, and the incredible forthcoming novel Bubblegum, which releases April 14, 2020. In our conversation, we talk a good deal about the new novel, Adam's experience reading/thinking about Wallace, swearing, parrots, swearing & parrots, metafiction, and other fun topics.
    Show notes:
    Adam's website: https://www.adamlevinadamlevin.com/
    Order Bubblegum - https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780385544962
    Guernica excerpt of Bubblegum - https://www.guernicamag.com/bubblegum/?fbclid=IwAR39CVIwDGSW9KZm7rrzGA7DaMEAG4sLpf7lxjHVZq4wEvtYZpo2LJW7s58
    Order The Instructions - https://store.mcsweeneys.net/products/the-instructions
    Order Hot Pink - https://store.mcsweeneys.net/products/hot-pink?taxon_id=1
    "Kid Positive" The New Yorker - https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/03/02/kid-positive
    "Kid Positive" interview, The New Yorker - https://www.newyorker.com/books/this-week-in-fiction/adam-levin-03-02-20
     
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    • 1 hr 56 min

Customer Reviews

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70 Ratings

70 Ratings

Sinjin321 ,

Tre..men..dous!!!

I found this podcast less than two months ago. I'm already through Episode 39. I love the artwork, the theme song (which I've listened to about thousand times) and the content is always interesting and thought-provoking. I love that the podcast opens my already eclectic movie, music, reading and television tastes. I always come away with something to think about or Google for research. I highly recommend this podcast to DFW fans.

AppleNE116 ,

Singular!

For those who truly appreciate the incredible works of DFW, this is the podcast to savor. Every time I listen to a new edition, it surprisingly exceeds expectations. The insights, the banter, the personal introspection of the varied participants— all lend to a superbly enjoyable hour of unique literary conversation. Indeed, This is the only podcast I Bluetooth to my living room stereo, sit back in my recliner and enjoy a glass of evening wine with my virtual, invisible yet omnipresent stammtisch. Keep up the good work, guys. DFW has a lot to teach us. And so do you.

Daveiii ,

Great Pod

The breadth of guests is wonderful. Their work spans a range of topics, views, and doors into DFW’s work. Conversations are accessible to the non-academic. Matt and Dave (the hosts) are thoughtful. Always look forward to new episodes

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