Endnotes: David Foster Wallace (BBC Documentary)

November 3rd, 2011

Professor Geoff Ward discusses the life and works of David Foster Wallace “When David Foster Wallace hanged himself in 2008, at the age of 46, he was considered by many to be the most gifted and linguistically exuberant American novelist and short story writer of his generation. His books include the 1000-page Infinite Jest, a novel of grand ambition and stylistic experiment that came complete with 388 endnotes. (Footnotes, digressions, constant second guessing of every thought are features of Wallace’s signature style). In April The Pale King, Wallace’s final, unfinished novel will be published. Few literary novels have been more eagerly anticipated in recent years. Its great subject is Boredom. Wallace set himself big challenges. Infinite Jest attacked the entertainment industry while trying to entertain and The Pale King engages with boredom as a path toward transcendence. This Sunday Feature is presented by Professor Geoff Ward, author of a literary history of America. He, like many, was convinced Wallace would be the preeminent American writer to reckon with in the years ahead, and was shocked by his tragic early death. He assesses Wallace’s legacy, themes and preoccupations, talking to the precursor Wallace admired most, Don DeLillo, and to friends, collaborators and contemporaries such as Mark Costello and Rick Moody. In the company of the writer’s sister, Amy Wallace, Ward travels to the Midwest of America where the writer grew up, and considers the impact of
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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11 Responses

  1. llebieck says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. This is the best piece about DFW I’ve heard or read since his death. Ward provided much insight. The narrated selections from Dave’s writing were perfect. The contributions from his sister Amy and friend Mark Costello were touching and illuminating. DFW was so much more than his depression. A great place to learn more about the kind of person DFW was is McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Memories of David Foster Wallace.

  2. 8xngc says:

    7:10 tennis, trigonometry, tornadoes

  3. RandyAnders says:

    Love the voice of the speaker

  4. tmcavoy33 says:

    Thank you for sharing.

  5. oheymardyjay says:

    Just finished Infinite Jest. Gave me a major case of the Howling Fantods.

  6. DanteDellamorte says:

    One person here can’t read or doesn’t understand english

  7. gamefever says:

    Finished reading ‘The Pale King”…BRILLIANT!!…DFW has me looking at everyday life differently.Boredom is good.

  8. eggzy43 says:

    reading ‘a supposedly funny thing…

  9. TheRich7000 says:

    Reading The Pale King now

  10. travisnealtodd70 says:

    Picked up a copy of The Pale King at Powell’s today, surprised to see it out so soon. I thought it was being released on tax day. Can’t wait to dive in. Too bad it’s his last work.

  11. SuperTrancend says:

    can’t wait for the pale king

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