April 17, 2013 4:48 PM   Subscribe

David Foster Wallace discusses ambition, perfectionism, tennis and teaching in an interview with Leonard Lopate from the PBS Digital Studios series Blank On Blank.
posted by martinX's bellbottoms (12 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite

I have no idea what 'SLDFWYT' means! Single Link Da f*cking what you tube?
posted by nostrada at 4:58 PM on April 17, 2013

I have no idea what 'SLDFWYT' means! Single Link Da f*cking what you tube?

Insert author's monogram in the middle there. Or Dallas/Fort Worth. But probably the author. ;)

Also, I just realized the other day that DFW had been a professor at a college in the town I just moved to. Nothing profound there, just a connection I hadn't made yet.
posted by Celsius1414 at 5:00 PM on April 17, 2013

This was great, but it was too short and left me wishing it would continue for an hour.
posted by Llama-Lime at 5:14 PM on April 17, 2013 [2 favorites]

The show that this was excerpted from is available from WNYC.
posted by martinX's bellbottoms at 5:31 PM on April 17, 2013 [5 favorites]

Ahhh, that's WNYC link is far more satisfying. In fact, 50% satisfying. Thanks.
posted by Llama-Lime at 5:42 PM on April 17, 2013

This fanboy enjoyed the recording.

But man, a pox on the RSAnimate crew and Radiolab (drawing on TAL) for ushering in this style of editing/augmenting material such that there are very few pauses to stop and consider things for yourself before being hit upside the head with some Bexar Bexar (or similarly wan downtempo) or a little emotive scribble.

I can tell you put a lot of work into it. Your effort distracts from the substance.
posted by phrontist at 5:46 PM on April 17, 2013 [4 favorites]

Hah....4 students in most of his courses at Illinois State? That would not fly today, unfortunately. I am trying to picture a Dean cancelling a DFW creative writing course because of low enrollment. Or watching DFW fill out a "low enrollment form" on which he must state why the course should still run even though it only has 4 students in it.
posted by Seymour Zamboni at 6:00 PM on April 17, 2013 [2 favorites]

I enjoyed it too - phrontist, your comment reminded me of something I read awhile ago (probably here) about why children are drawn to Mr. Rogers. He speaks simply and slowly enough that when a child's mind wanders to explore an interesting concept or idea, they can always "come back" and engage with the speaker because he hasn't moved on too far. These types of RSAnimate-style presentations are the opposite - you have to constantly pay attention and are not allowed to veer off-course without assistance from the pause button. This leads to the conclusions being already drawn for you (ha!), which prevents the viewer from properly "digesting" the topic, like having your food pre-chewed and already teeming with intestinal acids.

Whoa, that sounded way more disgusting than it did in my head. I'm leaving it.
posted by antonymous at 6:42 PM on April 17, 2013 [5 favorites]

I like it. Don't go changin'.
posted by rhizome at 6:57 PM on April 17, 2013

antonymous: Yup.

It's ironic that this gussying up for entertarinment value has been done done to a recording by an author whose most consistent theme was the perils (and joys, but mostly perils) of Entertainment and the edifying characteristics of "difficult" art.
posted by phrontist at 7:07 PM on April 17, 2013 [1 favorite]

Your effort distracts from the substance.

Very well put, and exactly and eloquently describes why I'm so infuriated by RadioLab. I like the personalities, I love the subject matter, but the format is incredibly offputting.

That being said, DFW and Leonard Lopate? I can't wait!
posted by nevercalm at 7:13 PM on April 17, 2013 [3 favorites]

I intend to use the word "Mozartesque" at least once a day for the foreseeable future. Both with and without semicolons.
posted by Benny Andajetz at 7:24 PM on April 17, 2013

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