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Reads tagged with “David Foster Wallace”

The Nature of the Fun: David Foster Wallace on Why Writers Write
The Nature of the Fun: David Foster Wallace on Why Writers Write

“Fiction becomes a weird way to countenance yourself and to tell the truth instead of being a way to escape yourself or present yourself in a way you figure you will be maximally likable.”

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Words David Foster Wallace’s Mom Invented
Words David Foster Wallace’s Mom Invented

Because language is a living organism and creativity the sum total of our life experience.

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David Foster Wallace on Art vs. TV and the Motivation to be Smart
David Foster Wallace on Art vs. TV and the Motivation to be Smart

“…what we need…is seriously engaged art that can teach us again that we’re smart.”

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3 Ways to Visualize the David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest
3 Ways to Visualize the David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest

What dotted lines have to do with telenovelas, pop culture reverence and analog GPS.

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This Is Water: David Foster Wallace on Life
This Is Water: David Foster Wallace on Life

Revisiting the tragic literary hero’s only public insights on life.

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5½ Timeless Commencement Speeches to Teach You to Define Your Own Success
5½ Timeless Commencement Speeches to Teach You to Define Your Own Success

The great and terrible truth of clichés, why success is a dangerous bedfellow, and how disappointment paves the way for originality.

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Endnotes: A David Foster Wallace BBC Documentary
Endnotes: A David Foster Wallace BBC Documentary

Taking a master class in artistic bravery, or how to honor the work of a literary lion.

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