Vulture Reading Room Discusses David Foster Wallace's 'Nixon Tapes'


Remember our rollicking discussion of Bill Simmons’s The Book of Basketball? The Vulture Reading Room returns with a subject sure to inspire the same level of brainy passion: the late author David Foster Wallace, whose previously unreleased interviews with David Lipsky have been collected in the book Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself. In it, New York book critic Sam Anderson sees “DFW’s signature self-consciousness churning at a length and ferocity unprecedented outside of his actual published writing.” Joining him to engage with this remarkable document: D.T. Max, author of an in-progress Wallace biography; blogger Jason Kottke; Salon book critic Laura Miller; and author Garth Risk Hallberg. “Probably the book’s greatest virtue, to me,” writes Max, “is that it’s Wallace’s fullest elaboration of what he saw as the key question of modern existence.” Is that all? Follow the Reading Room this week for considerations of that big question and more. [Vulture Reading Room]