From our friends at Feed Your Need to Read
No one is just one thing anymore. Yesterday’s writer is today’s author/speaker/professor/icon.
Welcome to the slash generation, and though he may not be here to write all about it, the multihyphenate David Foster Wallace continues to impact it. A bit of a recluse and entirely an enigma, the tortured artist is the subject of , a film that is now in theaters.
A novel that toys with the capriciousness of NYC’s art scene, Lipsky’s bildungsroman follows the pendulum of Joan Freeley’s luck as it swings from abstract genius to art-world outcast—and the son who will do anything to help get her back on top. A colorful tale of maternal attachment, the book cameos in the film as a stowaway in Lipsky’s luggage.
In the film, Wallace’s affections for the alternative rocker are evident in the poster plastered on his wall. And further when he admits to fantasizing about her eating a bologna sandwich. So break out the deli meat for Cantin’s crafty biography that has everything “you, you, you outta know,” documenting Morrissette’s path from teen pop failure to Grammy superstar. And look out for her self-help book/memoir out later this year.
Look/listen closely, and you’ll get the film’s reference to the Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Hint: He lives on the fridge. So grab a late-night snack before hunkering down with Rabbit, Run, the first in a four-book-plus-one-novella series featuring Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, a former high school basketball star trying to outrun his now-humdrum life.
Wanna get all spiritual? Apparently, Wallace does, as he forgoes wallpaper in favor of scripture, courtesy of Saint Ignatius. Written in 1535, Ignatius’s four-week written reflection remains an influential masterpiece in the Christian library. By no means a light read, it is a quick one—at just 208 pages—and should be considered a road map to living a deeper spiritual life.
We all have our vices. According to the film, the brilliant mind behind Infinite Jest can’t say no to binging on junk food and reruns of Falcon Crest. Admittedly addicted to television, Wallace pulls an all-nighter with his fancy soap-opera friends. So why not pull one yourself with this little gem, which keeps its loyalties to the show’s taut romance, intrigue, and mystery.
Well, it is the centerpiece of the film after all. Playing Captain Obvious here, we couldn’t leave it off our list. Clocking in at 1,079 pages, Wallace’s monster of a comedy is a mash-up of domestic dysfunction, metaphysical ideologies, and the pursuit of happiness. Good luck with that.
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