Gimbling in the Wabe – Inspiration in Transitions

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Today at the dog park, one of the topics discussed by us “8:30 regulars” included high school graduations.  It is, after all, that time of year, for mortarboards and diplomas and college visits and looking forward.  Some of the folks at the park have kids who are graduating in a few weeks, or next year; [….]

The Writers We Lost Too Soon

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Death and taxes, as the old cliche goes. Both are unavoidable, and while we won’t give you our political opinions on paying taxes, we will say that it’s never easy or expected when we lose someone we love. Even if that “someone” is known to us from afar, from the words we read in their [….]

Why David Foster Wallace’s Commencement Speech Went Viral

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From Business Insider: Last week, in the midst of commencement season, small L.A. video production company The Glossary released a five-minute cinematic interpretation of David Foster Wallace’s philosophically resonant 2005 commencement address at Kenyon College. The original speech, called “This is Water,” made its rounds online via transcripts and audio recordings and is only now going [….]

Animated David Foster Wallace Interview

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David Foster Wallace gave many interviews, but none have looked as beautiful as Blank on Blank‘s animation based on the interview he gave to Leonard Lopate in 1996 on New York’s NPR station WNYC. Blank on Blank is a nonprofit whose mission is to “curate and transform journalists’ unheard interviews with icons, bringing them to [….]

Book Trailer Pays Homage To David Foster Wallace

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From The Huffington Post: D.T. Max’s new book trailer for David Foster Wallace biography “Every Love Story is a Ghost Story” pays homage to to the literary great by talking to both Wallace’s editors and his fans. Max’s biography is the first to be done on Foster Wallace. Max wrote a piece for The New [….]

Cool Literary Tattoos Part 2

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At LitStack, we’re no strangers to tattoos. We’ve discussed them before, but there seems to be an ever- increasing influx of word nerds who enjoy professing their love of literature on their skin. The following comes from Retreat by Random House. These are pretty cool and diverse, something that’s hard to achieve when it comes [….]