Everything and More: A Tribute to David Foster Wallace
Wednesday 16 March 2011
Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 West San Francisco Street
David Foster Wallace (1962-2008) was one of the most acclaimed and influential American writers of his generation.&nb… Read full bio.
David Lipsky is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone magazine. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New … Read full bio.
Rick Moody is one of the most acclaimed American novelists of his generation. His first novel, Garden State (19… Read full bio.
Joanna Scott is the author of eight novels, including Follow Me, Liberation, Tourmaline, Make Believe, The Manikin, a… Read full bio.
Michael Silverblatt, a New York native, studied at Johns Hopkins University, where he came under the influence of suc… Read full bio.
About this Event
An evening in celebration of the life and work of DAVID FOSTER WALLACE
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: Reading and Conversation
Video: Reading 1, Rick Moody
Video: Reading 2, David Lipsky
Video: Reading 3, Joanna Scott & Michael Silverblatt
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