I highly recommend you first read Infinite Jest, one of the best ten books ever written, hands-down.
In another sense the book works very well as a way for fans of DFW--and people saddened by the loss of DFW--to spend just a little more time with the man.
The book is billed as a conversation between the late David Foster Wallace and David Lipsky, a Rolling Stone journalist and novelist.
The "greatness" of Wallace is obviously in his writings, although I've read little of them. It doesn't come through in his meandering chats with Lipsky. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Steven A. Smith
My fascination with David Foster Wallace continues to grow and this revealing work feeds it. The book is more or less a transcript of a half-dozen cassette recordings that the... Read morePublished 29 days ago by mandy
Reading this book is like having a conversation with David Foster Wallace. That's because it is a conversation - it's the transcript of taped conversations the author had with DFW... Read morePublished 3 months ago by dictionaryfan
Actually, after all the hype it was really quite boring. I never finished it.Published 9 months ago by H. Brown
I read this book eagerly, but felt just a little disappointed in the end. It felt as if I hadn't gotten to know Wallace as well as I expected. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bob the norske
This is a great read. Really just a straight up interview between Lipsky & DFW over the course of 5 or so days during the Infinite Jest Tour. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Andy Schmitt
I'm not too sure what this book was trying to accomplish. It's a bunched up series of interviews made in 1996, during the book tour for INFINITE JEST, that had to be condensed for... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Benoit Lelievre