Where to Start With David Foster Wallace: A Primer

In 2010, two years after the death of David Foster Wallace, Rolling Stone editor David Lipsky published "Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself," a chronicle of the revered novelist's cross-country press tour for Infinite Jest in 1996. This July brings The End of the Tour, James Ponsoldt's hotly anticipated adaptation of the book, starring Jesse Eisenberg as Lipsky and Jason Segel as Wallace. Hard-core DFW fans—and they are a proud and vocal contingent—are approaching the film with equal parts enthusiasm and apprehension. On the one hand, a literary idol is being revived for a few precious hours; on see more
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An All-Gay Fighter Game That Mixes It up With LGBT Stereotypes

When you begin to play the newest—and only—mobile game from Handsome Woman Productions, you're greeted with a somewhat ominous warning: THE ONLY COLORS IN THIS RAINBOW ARE BLACK AND BLUE. It could easily serve as the introduction to a different game, a much more serious one, one that echoes the frighteningly real point of view and extreme violence that have become the hallmark of so many titles flooding the gaming market today. But this game is not one of those games. This game is Gay Fighter Supreme. If you have any question of just how firmly the tongue of see more
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Batman Crossover Announced at Comic-Con

Strange bedfellows, indeed. Over the weekend, amid all the high-profile buzz coming from San Diego's Comic-Con, you might have missed a juicy bit of news: Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are teaming up, reports Vulture. Beginning in November, there will be a six-part comic-book series featuring the Caped Crusader and the crime-fighting amphibian quartet—who will no doubt join forces to battle an evildoer. Details are still scarce at this point, but it is known that the series will be written by James Tynion IV and drawn by Freddie E. Williams II. We can only assume there will see more

J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to Hit London Stage in 2016

Harry Potter fans—which is every human currently alive and living on the planet Earth—got some amazing news, courtesy of author J.K. Rowling. Today is a very special day for two reasons. Firstly, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published in the UK 18 years ago!— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2015 I'm also very excited to confirm today that a new play called Harry Potter and the #CursedChild will be opening in London next year.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2015 That sound you just heard is the entire world rejoicing. While having a new chapter in the see more

How a Rap-Rocker Named Juiceboxxx Changed This Writer's Life

At age 17, Leon Neyfakh attends a DIY basement show in a church in his Illinois suburb. A 15-year-old is on the bill, a kid from Milwaukee with the nom de rap Juiceboxxx. It turns out to be a crazy night. Juiceboxxx shreds the place, dropping the kind of all-out, confrontational performance that he'll spend the next dozen years replicating as he crisscrosses America. Neyfakh is an immediate convert. Through college and beyond, he'll proselytize for Juiceboxxx, both as a friend and as his "No. 1 fan." It's not always easy for Neyfakh to convey the attraction. Juiceboxxx burdens under see more

George R. R. Martin Doesn't Want to Hear Your Game of Thrones Complaints

Just in case you were considering sending George R. R. Martin an e-mail expressing your dissatisfaction with the past few episodes of Game of Thrones, a word of advice: Don't. The author has just about had it with fans complaining to him about the most recent (and most brutal) plot twists in the series, particularly because some of those twists didn't even happen in the books. What's out of his hands is out of his control, as he explained on his Not a Blog on Wednesday: "Yes, I know that THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER named me "the third most powerful writer see more

10 Unforgettable Quotes by Saul Bellow to Celebrate His 100th Birthday

One hundred years ago today, novelist Saul Bellow was born. In his lifetime, he made his name as a prolific master of fiction, picking up the ultimate trio of literary awards: a Pulitzer Prize for fiction, a Nobel Prize for literature, and a National Medal of Arts. And while he's no longer with us in the flesh, the upside of being a great writer is that you leave a treasure trove of wisdom behind. Herewith, 10 lessons about manhood that live on, in Bellow's words. 1. On hard work "No one ever drowned in his own sweat." see more

100 Days of Summer: An Urban Thriller to Read at the Beach

There are 100 days between March 12 and June 21, the official beginning of our favorite season. So every day between now and then, we'll be highlighting the products, places, and experiences we can't wait to use, visit, and have once summer rolls around. Days left: 23 A paranoid, angry New York City collectively recovering from a medical pandemic is the setting for Immunity, the second novel by Taylor Antrim (whose day job is as a senior editor at Vogue). Written with a gritty, page-turning intensity ("If Bret Easton Ellis wrote a biothriller," says Kirkus), the story focuses on twentysomething see more

Mouthfeel Is a Sexy Food Magazine With a Hard-core Edge

Seemingly out of nowhere, the foodie-zine-from-a-gay-punk-perspective Mouthfeel made waves when it launched earlier this month. With a mission statement to "explore the complexities of food and the characters involved" and aimed at "people with unrestrained appetites for food, men, music and humor," the magazine disrupted the mainstream mix of overhead photographs of perfectly curated tablescapes and jaunty recipes. As a newcomer to the world of print magazines, founder and editor Mac Malikowski seems an unlikely person to cause such a disruption, but, during a phone call from Los Angeles (where he is currently researching stories for his next issue, see more

Watch Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace in the First Trailer for The End of the Tour

Two years after author David Foster Wallace committed suicide in 2008, writer David Lipsky published the book Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, which chronicles five days during Foster Wallace's book tour to promote his highly praised novel Infinite Jest. The book is being adapted into a film that will serve as a kinda-sorta biopic, starring Jason Segel as Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg as Lipsky, and the trailer just hit the Internet. You can get your first look at the movie above. see more
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