I have listened to, watched, and read so many interviews and resources that are related to this show since recording this… I almost feel I should totally redo it. After thinking about it, I am leaving it… moving forward… and hoping this inspires you to learn more about the book, the color project, and to do some own thinking and contemplation of the subjects this kind of awesome, cool, inspiring project opens up and brings into daylight.
This show circles around David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest and a project Corrie Baldauf did where she “tagged” (or “flagged”) the book with colored tabs every time a color was referenced in the book—more than 2,000 instances. I really, really, really want to show a photo of one of her tagged books for this project, so that you can visualize what this show is about. But I hesitate to do that without her permission. So please… go check out all of the beautiful photos from the Infinite Jest project on her site.
Interested in Infinite Jest after seeing Baldauf’s project, I watched several interviews with David Foster Wallace and listened to the graduation address he gave to Kenyon College in 2005.
I now have Infinite Jest from the library. I am more than curious.
Baldauf has moved on now to Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow. You can follow her color-tracking process on Twitter.
Resources to read/view/check:
- Infinite Jest
- Corrie Baldauf’s Infinite Jest project
- Reading David Foster Wallace for the Colors (Hyperallergic)
- This Is Water (Commencement address to Kenyon College in 2005)
- David Foster Wallace interview with Charlie Rose (03/1997)
- Episode 4 – Discussing David Foster Wallace with Corrie Baldauf (The Great Concavity, podcast)
- Endnotes | David Foster Wallace | BBC Documentary
- Amy Wallace speaks about her brother David Foster Wallace
(In this show, I pronounced Corrie Baldauf’s name incorrectly. My apologies.)