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September 30, 2015 chris 0

“Wallace’s stay at Granada House finished in June.  Where he chose to go next, he knew, would be important.  He had not drunk alcohol or […]

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September 30, 2015 chris 0

“Big Craig – Don Gately in the novel – was one of the Granada House supervisors and sometimes the house cook.  He had first met […]

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September 9, 2015 chris 0

“The litchat take on Wallace was that he was very intelligent, but probably too intelligent for his own good; that he had written a book […]

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July 13, 2015 chris 0

“…the original title was A Failed Entertainment.  The idea is that the book is structured as an entertainment that doesn’t work. Because what entertainment ultimately leads […]

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July 13, 2015 chris 0

“[Infinite Jest] was about five hundred pages longer.  Of which four hundred unambiguously needed to go, and the other hundred was painful. “That’s like losing […]

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July 13, 2015 chris 0

“The predictability in popular art, the really formulaic stuff, the stuff that makes no attempt to surprise or do anything artistic, is so profoundly soothing.  And it even, even the densest […]

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July 6, 2015 chris 0

“Emerson [College] had a library, and I was always in the library.  And in the library, I don’t know what you [referring to David Lipsky] […]

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February 25, 2015 chris 0

“It’s going to take a while, but I’m going to prove to you that the nexus where television and fiction converse and consort is self-conscious […]

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February 25, 2015 chris 0

“It’s undeniable that television is an example of ‘low’ art, the sort of art that tries too hard to please. Because of the economics of […]

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March 26, 2014 chris 0

“But Wallace didn’t just talk about math. He structured his work with it. In a 1996 Bookworm interview with Michael Silverblatt, Wallace explained that he modeled Infinite Jest after a Sierpinski […]