“Interviewed are: DFW (archived), Don DeLillo, Rick Moody, Mark Costello, Michael Pietsch, Bonnie Nadell and Amy Wallace. Originally aired on Radio 3, February 6th, 2011. Runtime 45:04.”
On April 15th, 2011 ‘The Pale King’, Wallace’s final, unfinished novel
will be published. Few literary novels have been more eagerly
anticipated in recent years. Its great subject is Boredom. Wallace set
himself big challenges. Infinite Jest attacked the entertainment
industry while trying to entertain and The Pale King engages with
boredom as a path toward transcendence.
This Sunday Feature is presented by Professor Geoff Ward, author of a
literary history of America. He, like many, was convinced Wallace would
be the preeminent American writer to reckon with in the years ahead, and
was shocked by his tragic early death. He assesses Wallace’s legacy,
themes and preoccupations, talking to the precursor Wallace admired
most, Don DeLillo, and to friends, collaborators and contemporaries such
as Mark Costello and Rick Moody.
In the company of the writer’s sister,
Amy Wallace, Ward travels to the Midwest of America where the writer
grew up, and considers the impact of place on his imagination. He also
talks to Wallace’s publisher and editor Michael Pietsch about the
difficult task of assembling Wallace’s final fragments into The Pale
The program also contains some rare archive reflections by a young David
Foster Wallace, recorded a year before the publication of Infinite
Jest, on the role of the writer in an age of media saturation.