Everything and More: A Tribute to David Foster Wallace


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David Foster Wallace

David Foster Wallace (1962-2008) was one of the most acclaimed and influential American writers of his generation.  A gifted novelist, essayist and humorist, he is best known for his 1996 opus,...

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David Lipsky

David Lipsky is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone magazine. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Magazine...

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Rick Moody

Rick Moody is one of the most acclaimed American novelists of his generation.  His first novel, Garden State (1992), won the Pushcart Press Editor’s Choice Award. Two years later, he published...

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Joanna Scott

Joanna Scott is the author of eight novels, including Follow Me, Liberation, Tourmaline, Make Believe, The Manikin, and Arrogance. She also has two collections of short fiction, Various Antidotes and...

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Michael Silverblatt

Michael Silverblatt, described as “the guy authors go to when they want a serious literary conversation about their work,” is the host of KCRW’s Bookworm, a nationally syndicated radio program...

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About this Event

David Foster Wallace: Everything and More (book cover)An evening in celebration of the life and work of DAVID FOSTER WALLACE
1962-2008

Writers David Lipsky, Rick Moody, and Joanna Scott will read some of their favorite selections from Wallace’s writings followed by an in depth discussion moderated by Michael Silverblatt, host of the radio interview program, Bookworm.

Abstraction has all kinds of problems and headaches built in, we all know. Part of the hazard is how we use nouns. We think of nouns’ meanings in terms of denotations. Nouns stand for things-man, desk, pen, David, head, aspirin. A special kind of comedy results when there’s confusion about what’s a real noun, as in ‘Who’s on first?’ or those Alice in Wonderland routines-‘What can you see on the road?’ ‘Nothing.’ ‘What great eyesight! What does nothing look like?’ The comedy tends to vanish, though, when the nouns denote abstractions, meaning general concepts divorced from particular instances. Many of these abstraction-nouns come from root verbs. ‘Motion’ is a noun, and ‘existence’; we use words like this all the time. The confusion comes when we try to consider what exactly they mean.
— From Everything and More

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Audio from this Event

Writers David Lipsky, Rick Moody, and Joanna Scott will read some of their favorite selections from Wallace's writings followed by an in depth discussion moderated by Michael Silverblatt. | Duration: 2:15:34

Video from this Event

Reading 1: Rick Moody

Reading 2: David Lipsky

Reading 3: Joanna Scott and Michael Silverblatt

Conversation with all readers, moderated by Michael Silverblatt


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