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DFW 50th Birthday Notes

Yesterday would have been David Foster Wallace’s 50th birthday. Some interesting resources from around the web:

Who Was David Foster Wallace? — The Quarterly Conversation’s DFW symposium from last summer, comprising seven essays covering a number of his major works: Wallace’s Masterpiece; (An Homage to) the Difficult Birth and Endless Death of Attention; All its horror and unbound power: David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews With Hideous Men; Beautiful Oblivion: Eighteen Notes; Better Left Unfed: Consider the Lobster and the Late Nonfiction; The Pale King and the Terrifying Demands Upon It; The Management of Insignificance: Thoughts on “The Suffering Channel,” Reality, and Shit

The David Foster Wallace Audio Project — tons of Wallace audio, broken out into Interviews & Profiles, Readings, Eulogies & Remembrances, and ‘Brief Interviews’ Staged Readings

Wallace’s library, as collected by the Harry Ransom Center, cataloged on LibraryThing

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