David Foster Wallace: The Last Interview Expanded with New Introduction: and Other Conversations

David Foster Wallace: The Last Interview Expanded with New Introduction: and Other Conversations


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An expanded edition featuring new interviews and an introduction by the editor, a New York Times journalist and friend of the author

A unique selection of the best interviews given by David Foster Wallace, including the last he gave before his suicide in 2008. Complete with an introduction by Foster Wallace's friend and NY Times journalist, David Streitfeld. And including a new, never-before-published interview between Streitfeld and Wallace.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612197418
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Series: The Last Interview Series Series
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 391,370
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

David Foster Wallace (1962-2008) was an award-winning novelist, short-story writer, and essayist. He is best known for his 1996 novel Infinite Jest. Frequently referred to as the voice of his generation, he won a multitude of prizes and accolades before committing suicide in 2008.

Editor David Streitfeld is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has written extensively on books, business, and technology for the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times. He is currently a columnist for the New York Times.

Date of Birth:

February 21, 1962

Date of Death:

September 12, 2008

Place of Birth:

Ithaca, NY

Place of Death:

Claremont, CA


B.A. in English & Philosophy, Amherst College, 1985;MFA, University of Arizona, 1987

Table of Contents

Introduction David Streitfeld vii

David Foster Wallace: A Profile 1

Interview William R. Katovsky


Summer 1987

Infinite Jester 11

Interview Gerald Howard


February 1996

The Wasted Land 17

Interview David Streitfeld


March 1996

"Something Real American" 45

Interview Laura Miller


March 9, 1996

The Jester Holds Court 61

Interview Valerie Stivers


May 1996

"There can be no Spokesman" 79

Interview Tom Scocca

Boston Phoenix

February 20, 1998

A Brief Interview with a Five-Draft Man 115

Interview Stacey Schmeidel

Amherst Magazine

Spring 1999

"To Try Extra Hard to Exercise Patience, Politeness, and Imagination" 129

Interview Dave Eggers

The Believer

November 2003

"Some Kind of Terrible Burden" 155

Interview Steve Paulson

To the Best of Our Knowledge

June 17, 2004

The Last Interview: On the Bus with John McCain 177

Interview Christopher Farley

The Wall Street Journal

May 31, 2008

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