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Jason Segel to Play David Foster Wallace in a Biopic

Jason Segel has been cast as late author David Foster Wallace in an upcoming film called The End of the Tour, The Wrap reports. The movie is based on the book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace, which journalist David Lipsky wrote about the week he spent on tour with David Foster Wallace  while writing a story about him for Rolling Stone in 1996. As Lipsky and Wallace traveled together, jealousy and competitiveness became issues between the two as Wallace was becoming a well-known author in the wake of Infinite Jest's release.

Jesse Eisenberg will play Lipsky in [...]

Adam Scott, Rob Delaney, Nick Offerman and Others Read David Foster Wallace

A couple of weeks ago in Beverly Hills, PEN USA gathered up a pretty kick-ass collection of folks to read monologues from the late David Foster Wallace's unfinished final novel, The Pale King. The lineup: Michelle Azar, Rob Delaney, Rosemarie DeWitt, Brian Elerding, Nick Offerman, Josh Radnor, June Raphael, Henry Rollins, Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt, and Casey Wilson.

The video above unfortunately doesn't include clips of all of the above reading (only fleeting glimpses of a full-bearded Nick Offerman!), but it gives you a good idea of what the event was like. And it seems really great! DFW was one of the greatest writers of the past century or [...]

Last Night's 'Parks and Rec' Was Full of References to 'Infinite Jest'

Parks and Recreation co-creator / showrunner Mike Schur is a noted fan of David Foster Wallace's novel Infinite Jest, and prior to last night's new episode, he tweeted that it would contain several references to the novel. As Schur discussed with The New York Times a couple years ago, he's completely obsessed with the novel, so much that he wrote his undergraduate thesis on Infinite Jest at Harvard and met Wallace after inviting him to campus to receive an award from The Harvard Lampoon. Schur even owns the film rights to the book, although he doesn't have plans to turn it into a movie anytime soon. He [...]

David Foster Wallace and the Comedy Nerd

Mike Schur, showrunner of Parks and Recreation, is obsessed with David Foster Wallace. At Harvard, he made Wallace an honorary member of the Lampoon and wrote his thesis about Infinite Jest. He directed a music video depicting a scene from IJ. His wife banned him from discussing the book at social gatherings.

It’s not just Schur — a ton of comedians share David Foster Wallace enthusiasm. Adam Scott, Nick Offerman, Rob Delaney and a bunch more comedians read monologues from Pale King after its 2011 release. Tina Fey mentions Wallace in Bossypants. Anecdotally, a lot of my comedy friends are into Wallace. I read Infinite Jest while [...]