David Lipsky, on the road with David Foster Wallace

In 1996, Rolling Stone Magazine sent David Lipsky to interview a brash new writer, a genuine and enlightening new voice who had recently written electrifying features for Harpers and other magazines.¬† According to Lipsky, reading those early articles was, “like hearing for the first time the brain voice of everybody I knew: Here was how we all talked, experienced, thought. It was like smelling the damp in the air, seeing the first flash from a storm a mile away. You knew something gigantic was coming.”

The writer in question was David Foster Wallace, on the precipice of fame for his critically acclaimed book Infinite Jest. For five days (in between signings, radio interviews and publicity stops) Wallace shared with Lipsky his secrets, his fears and his idiosyncratic views of the world.

Told in Wallace’s own words, Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself is the story of a young writer trying to knit together ideas of who you should be, and who people expect you to be. It’s a thoughtful and stirring memorial to one of the most interesting and engaging writers of the last twenty years.

David Lipsky will be here to discuss and sign copies of the book this Saturday, June 26th at 5PM.

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