Late Night: David Foster Wallace's First Published Fiction For a Major…

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Five years ago this week, David Foster Wallace took his own life. Twenty years earlier, before Wallace was widely known, he published a piece of original fiction in Playboy called “Late Night.” Alice Turner, Playboy’s fiction editor for 22 years, introduces the short story by remembering how she first came across the… » 9/13/13 2:57pm 9/13/13 2:57pm

David Foster Wallace's Interview With Roger Federer Lasted 20 Minutes

David Foster Wallace's 2006 Times Magazine profile of Roger Federer is one of sports journalism's most famous write-arounds. Or, as Wallace wrote himself, the piece was "a spectator’s experience of Federer, and its context." But the Times flew Wallace out to Wimbledon, so surely he got to spend some time with Federer,… » 5/24/13 3:07pm 5/24/13 3:07pm

Grantland Republished David Foster Wallace's Epic 2006 Essay on Roger…

The late author's profile, written for the now-defunct Play, "constituted a dream pairing of writer and subject" that "still stands as one of the most stirring, illuminating essays ever written about the beauty of sport at its highest level," according to the Grantland introduction provided by Michael MacCambridge. » 9/09/11 2:45pm 9/09/11 2:45pm

Stories That Don't Suck: SportsFeat's Guide To Wimbledon

A quick primer on SportsFeat: Every day, we post great sports writing from across the web, both new stuff and classics. A companion to Longform.org, the site is designed to be used with services like Instapaper and Read It Later, so you can read the stories later on your phone, iPad or Kindle. You can find our picks… » 6/17/11 2:00pm 6/17/11 2:00pm

David Foster Wallace, The St. Louis Rams And You

Before we get started, I'd like to say something about David Foster Wallace. David Foster Wallace, Illinois' own, is the best writer I've ever read who I found completely unreadable. I don't mean his non-fiction stuff » 9/16/08 12:00pm 9/16/08 12:00pm that had the benefit of editors who, strangely, had a desire for people who read their magazine to…

David Foster Wallace: Sports Writer

Like many aspiring professional typists, I was curious about David Foster Wallace and admired him for his prodigious writing talent, even though I found a huge portion of his writing indecipherable. (I've read the first 22 pages of "Infinite Jest" many, many times, but never past that point. ) Friday night Wallace had… » 9/15/08 10:30am 9/15/08 10:30am