I thought a follow up on my most recent blog post about David Foster Wallace might be nice, so here I present you with an interview that features not only David Foster Wallace, but also writers Mark Leyner (author of books such as My Cousin My Gastroenterologist), and Jonathan Franzen (author of books such as The Corrections). This is an interesting conversation that seems to apply to us more and more in the modern day: how the information age that we live in today affects our approach to fiction and reading. All three authors have interesting points to make! Enjoy!
In many literary circles, the name David Foster Wallace has almost come to represent an enigma. He was the brilliant author of the novel Infinite Jest and an almost mysterious figure. His story seems to repeat that of other great writers such as Ernest Hemingway and Sylvia Plath: tormented by a depression that somehow made him brilliant at what he did, he sadly took his own life in 2008. Here is an interesting article and interview with Wallace. Yesterday’s date marked what would have been his 50th birthday. I lift my glass to a great author – thankful that his legacy can live on through the works he left behind.
The arguments for and against using e-readers such as the Kindle to read literature both old and new as opposed to the common method of reading off of actual paper have continued to rage. I myself have yet to purchase an e-reader as, for some reason, I am still a die-hard paper book reader. Here is an interesting article arguing in favor of e-readers and claiming that these devices actually enhance the literary experience. I have to admit, most of the points were valid ones; I found myself questioning my own tenacious refusal to give up on paper books and just start using an e-reader. Hmmm… could the purchase of a Kindle be in my near future?
How has reading changed your life? Does it steer you down paths you never thought you’d take, make you think, or change your point of view about the world? I’d have to answer yes to all of these questions as reading has long played a critical role in my life and opened up my mind in too many ways to count. That’s why I think this article is so interesting; a judge in the USA on occasion asks those he sentences to jail time to not only read Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables but to write a report on it – all in hopes of making them think about their life choices. Kind of cool, don’t you agree?
Where the Wild Things Are is by far the one book from my childhood that I never grow tired of. Now, as an adult, I still find myself delighted by this imaginative story and I can never resist the chance to read it to the kids in my life. I even loved the film that came out a few years ago – despite the obvious deviations from the original story. Therefore, you can imagine that it is difficult for me resist the opportunity to present you with a video of this beloved children’s book being read aloud. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!