The Great Concavity
By Matt Bucher & Dave Laird
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Discussions about the life, literature, and legacy of David Foster Wallace with a wide variety of guests from myriad backgrounds and disciplines.
||ExplicitEpisode 25 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Lee Konstantinou||This time, we talk to our friend Lee Konstantinou, a contemporary US literature scholar who has published significantly on Wallace. His new book Cool Characters is available ...||2/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24 - 2016 Year in Review||As is the tradition, Dave and Matt take a minor detour (at times) from the usual topic of David Foster Wallace to discuss their personal ...||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Andrew Savage of Parquet Courts||In this episode we speak with the multi-talented writer and musician Andrew Savage of the band Parquet Courts. Their song Instant Disassembly opens and closes ...||1/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 22 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Nicolas Giacobone||In this episode with talk with Academy-Award winning screenwriter and DFW fan Nicols Giacobone. Nico is best known as the co-writer of Iarritu's Birdman and ...||12/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 21 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Clare Hayes Brady||In this episode we talk with Wallace scholar Clare Hayes-Brady about her new book The Unspeakable Failures of David Foster Wallace. http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/the-unspeakable-failures-of-david-foster-wallace-9781501313530/ She is Lecturer in||11/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 20: Discussing David Foster Wallace with John Mango||In this episode we talk with John Mango. John is a teacher and a scholar but in this episode we talk a lot about recovery, ...||10/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 19 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Rachel Laird & Amy Pelletier||In this episode, Dave and Matt start by catching up about the recent photo caption contest winner and entries, Dairy Queen, Flannery O'Connor conferences, and ...||9/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 18 - Discussing Infinite Jest with Sean Pratt||In this episode we speak with audiobook narrator extraordinaire, Sean Pratt. Sean is the narrator of the 56-hour-long audiobook of Infinite Jest. He has also ...||9/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17.2 - David Foster Wallace Conference 2016 Recap Show - Part 2||In Part 2 of this episode we look back at the 3rd Annual David Foster Wallace Conference, held at Illinois State University July 28-30. We ...||8/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17.1 - David Foster Wallace Conference 2016 Recap Show - Part 1||In Part 1 of this two-part episode we look back at the 3rd Annual David Foster Wallace Conference, held at Illinois State University. We talk ...||8/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Edmund Waldstein||In this episode, we talk with Pater Edmund Waldstein. He is a Cistercian monk at a monastery in Austria and a David Foster Wallace scholar. We talk about religion ...||7/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Krzys Piekarski||In this episode, we talk with Krzys Piekarski, PhD. Krzys is a DFW scholar who has written extensively on DFW and Buddhism. He also runs ...||6/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 14: Discussing David Foster Wallace with Josh Roiland and his class at the University of Maine||In this special episode we talk with Professor Josh Roiland and his class at the University of Maine. Roiland is Assistant Professor + CLAS-Honors Preceptor ...||5/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 13: Discussing David Foster Wallace with Rob Short||In this episode we talk with Wallace scholar Rob Short. We discuss everything from AA recovery to William James and summer camp. You can follow ...||4/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Discussing David Foster Wallace with David Hering||In this episode we talk with DFW scholar David Hering. Hering is the author of the forthcoming book David Foster Wallace: Fiction + Form. He's ...||4/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Answering Your Questions about David Foster Wallace||THE QA EPISODE In this episode, we finally get around to answering the questions you submitted in February. Listen to find out if we answered yours! We ...||3/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Discussing David Foster Wallace with Nick Maniatis of The Howling Fantods||In this episode, we talk with Nick Maniatis, proprietor and webmaster of the invaluable website, The Howling Fantods. http://www.thehowlingfantods.com/dfw/ If you are a DFW fan, Nick probably ...||2/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Discussing David Foster Wallace with Jenni B. Baker||In this episode, we talk about Infinite Jest (and lots of other things) with Jenni B. Baker, Editor-in-Chief of The Found Poetry Review and creator of the Erasing ...||2/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with DT Max||In this episode we talk with Wallace biographer D.T. Max. Max is the author of Every Love Story is a Ghost Story. We also mention his latest ...||1/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Matt and Dave have found the perfect balance between literary scholarship and casual conversations about books. Yes, the podcast is about David Foster Wallace's work, but this is really a centrifugal position that inevitably branches out to conversations about great literature in general.
For anyone even mildly interested in David Foster Wallace, this is gold. If you’re a super fan (like I am), this is something you will live for. I wait for the new episodes like a kid waiting for Christmas. And the variety of guests is exceptional! Artists, writers, students, voice-over actors…you name it, they got it!
Matt and Dave are relatable and fun, but they also REALLY know this material. I mean REALLY REALLY know it. Nobody could do a better job with a podcast about David Foster Wallace. I feel very fortunate that I found this podcast.
Fantastic podcast for fans of DFW and literary discussion
I came to this podcast looking for some discussion on the writing of David Foster Wallace, and have found all of that and more. Great insights and interviews about Wallace and literature as a whole. I have listened to every episode more than once as they are so full of info.