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Symposium on David Foster Wallace and the Ethics of Writing

Consider the Author

Feb 18, 2015

DFW Books

On April 2, the work of celebrated fiction writer and essayist David Foster Wallace will be the focus of a day-long interdisciplinary symposium to be held at Gallatin. Co-sponsored by the Gallatin Writing Program and the NYU Creative Writing Program, the event is organized by Gallatin professors Gregory Erickson and Scott Korb. “I’ve taught Wallace's writing my entire career,” says Korb, “and more profound even than his inimitable style and the breadth of his imagination, is the call he makes on my students—on all of us—to live better lives. I'm thrilled to be part of a symposium dedicated to exploring how, and why, he does this.”

Bringing together scholars, authors, students, and actors, the symposium will explore the ethical and moral side of writing through the work of Wallace, covering topics including race, religion, and the ethics of biographical writing. Symposium participants include New Yorker writer Maria Bustillos, Samuel Cohen (The Legacy of David Foster Wallace), Paul Elie (Reinventing Bach), D.T. Max (Every Love Story is A Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace), David Lipsky (Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace), editor Matthew Sitman, and Kevin Timpe (Free Will). The culminating event will be a performance of Daniel Fish’s “A (radically condensed and expanded) Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again.”

A full schedule of events is available. The symposium will be held on April 2, 2015 from 3 to 8 pm and is free and open to the public. RSVPs will be accepted through the event link.