Lane Dean had never believed in Hell as a lake of fire or a loving God...– David Foster Wallace, The Pale King
The Pale King arrived yesterday, and I’m already 50 pages in and overwhelmed and awed and excited and reminded why David Foster Wallace is one of my favorite writers of all time, while also trying to slow down because I know that once I get to the end, that’s it, there won’t be any more, ever. What he was trying to do with this book is absolutely astounding - don’t...
Inside David Foster Wallace's Private Self-Help... →
Wallace seemed always to be trying to erase the distance between himself and others in order to understand them better, and trying visibly to make himself understood—always asking questions, demanding to know more details. He owned his own weaknesses willingly and in the gentlest, most inclusive manner. Also he talked a lot about the role of good fiction, which, he opined more than once, is about...
Elizabeth Taylor, In Memoriam: A Place in the Sun... →
brightwalldarkroom: DO I MAKE YOU NERVOUS? by Erika Schmidt “She was so extraordinarily beautiful that I nearly laughed out loud.… She was unquestionably gorgeous … She was lavish. She was a dark unyielding largesse. She was, in short, too bloody much….” - Richard Burton, on Elizabeth Taylor in 1952
We try to protect our hearts the best we can. We close ourselves off with a wall...– Chris Cantoni on Good Will Hunting (1997) Chris knocks it out of the park with an essay on one of my (for very personal reasons) favorite films. Go read it.
John Jeremiah Sullivan Reviews David Foster... →
When the generation-defining writer David Foster Wallace took his own life in 2008, he left behind an unfinished novel, The Pale King, that will either serve to round out his transcendent body of writing or place a haunting question mark at the end of his career. John Jeremiah Sullivan holes up with the new book and considers the legacy…
a bright wall in a dark room.: The Umbrellas of... →
brightwalldarkroom: SING YOUR LIFE. by Brianna Ashby Oh, love. The story always begins the same way; you meet someone and suddenly there are glittery explosions in the sky, butterflies everywhere, and string quartets around every corner. You see only light and color, vibrating and rosy as if you had…
“Wake and Be Fine” - Okkervil River (official music video, via NPR’s First Look) “When we recorded “Wake and Be Fine,” I wanted it to have that massive, towering, overwhelming quality. I put together a giant version of Okkervil River – two drum kits, two pianos, two electric basses, five electric guitarists, two acoustic guitarists, thirteen percussionists, ...
Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something...– Rainer Maria Rilke
We work in the dark - we do what we can - we give what we have. Our doubt is our...– Henry James