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Not So Far Away: David Foster Wallace: The Last Interview and Other Conversations

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Reviewed in this essay: David Foster Wallace: The Last Interview and Other Conversations (Melville House Publishing, December 2012). In a recent essay about his late friend, Jonathan Franzen laments the way in which Wallace’s (September 2008) suicide “took him away from us and made the person into a very public legend.” Released this winter, David Foster Wallace: The Last Interview and Other...

Giant: A Witty Revolution

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Reviewed in this essay: Giant by Aga Maksimowska. Pedlar Press, 2012. In 1988, Eastern Europe is on the brink of revolution. The citizens of Poland are weary from the stifling Communist management of their lives. Workers set in motion an unprecedented series of strikes that ripple across the country and ignite a slow but steady assault on the repressive regime. Into this setting plods an 11-year...