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July 14, 2010 7:19 PM   Subscribe

NPR's national morning show "The Takeaway" has posted audio of some of the original source audio of David Foster Wallace being interviewed by David Lipsky for his book "Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace."
posted by nevercalm (10 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 
[fixed the link, removed the threadshitting, carry on please?]
posted by jessamyn at 7:32 PM on July 14, 2010


Thanks, Jessamyn.
posted by nevercalm at 7:33 PM on July 14, 2010


Just bought the book, which I certainly recommend for any Wallace fan simply because... well yeah.

What I don't understand is why many recordings of him are so bafflingly short. I mean, Christ, I would spend real money for an audiobook version of Yourself that just included those tapes, unmolested. And I have a tiny snippet of The Kenyon Speech, but I crave the whole thing and I know I'm not the only one. It must be out there, somewhere, mustn't it? And yet.

Thank heavens for The Audio Project, even if it's not as complete as it could or should be.
posted by pts at 7:47 PM on July 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


The Kenyon Speech was recently released in its entirety. I downloaded it from Audible for maybe $4. Well worth it, to hear something I must've read 20 or 30 times being read in his own voice.
posted by nevercalm at 7:50 PM on July 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


By Jove, you're right! Know this, nevercalm: You have made my day. And as days go it's been maybe not as great as it could have been, prior to this revelation.
posted by pts at 8:08 PM on July 14, 2010


Reading the Lipsky book right now, and was listening to "Consider the Lobster" read by DFW today-- it's great to hear him reading-- he's got a great reading voice-- clear and even, and one can still hear the sarcasm. I could listen to him talk all day.
posted by exlotuseater at 8:17 PM on July 14, 2010


The Keyon bit is also available on Amazon and iTunes. I think it was cheapest on iTunes, by I am forgetful.
posted by GilloD at 8:22 PM on July 14, 2010


Just finished the book and was dying to hear the tone of both Davids' voices for most of it. Thanks for this.

and, so funny to see how dead on DFW was about the internet in his early predictions, among which metafilter seems so nicely to fit.
posted by activitystory at 8:31 PM on July 14, 2010


Haven't seen it posted here: The words DFW circled in his dictionary... interesting insight into a writer's mind.
posted by karminai at 8:45 PM on July 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


Thanks nevercalm.

I just finished this book a few weeks ago. I actually started it expecting to hate it, but I thought Lipsky did a great job, and not just with what I thought was great formatting. I really expected to end the book thinking Lipsky was a huge douche, but I don't have that impression at all. Then again, its pretty hard to fuck up a book when it's mostly DFW talking about his life and work, and Alanis Morissette.

Anyway, I ended up underlining the shit out of the thing.
posted by Lutoslawski at 9:40 AM on July 15, 2010


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