At the Atlantic Wire, Danielle Weiner-Bronner argues that David Foster Wallace predicted the advent-and the anxiety of-the selfie in Infinite Jest. And as an added bonus, here is Publisher’s Weekly’s take on Infinite Jest’s top ten characters.
Richard Blanco, our poet laureate, talks about when he fell in love with words.
If anyone calls you claiming to be from Microsoft, wanting to take control of your computer, please don’t give in.
The novels of Muriel Spark are being re-released. Parul Sehgal talks about the dark legacy of Spark’s characters, whom Sehgal delights in. She says, “What hash Spark’s characters make of those eternal debates over unlikable characters or unlikable women. These women aren’t unlikable, these women are monstrous, and what’s more, Spark behaves monstrously with them.” This is not a detriment.