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http://vimeo.com/19929771 This BBC Radio documentary on the life of David Foster Wallace includes comments from DeLillo, Mark Costello and Rick Moody and a discussion with publisher and editor Michael Pietsch about trying to pull together Wallace’s unfinished final novel, The Pale King, for posthumous publication. A must-listen for any DFW devotee. (Source: http://vimeo.com/)

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Archive of Writer David Foster Wallace Now Open for Research at UT’s Harry Ransom Center

Archive of Writer David Foster Wallace Now Open for Research at UT’s Harry Ransom Center

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To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement. To condense the diffused light of a page of thought into the luminous flash of a single sentence, is worthy to rank as a prize composition just by itself…Anybody can have ideas–the difficulty is to express them without squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph.

Mark Twain
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“A monumental bash on the head” was how Dahl once described this accident in the Western Desert, claiming that it directly led to his becoming a writer. This was not just because his first published piece of writing was a semi-fictionalised account of the crash, but also because he suspected that the brain injuries which he received there had materially altered his personality and inclined him to creative writing.

Donald Sturrock, ’Roald Dahl: the plane crash that gave birth to a writer’, The Telegraph

(Thanks to Colin for the link.)