Normal 2016: Selected Works from the Third Annual DFW Conference
"...the reader who dares fall asleep with one of Wallace's books in his lap wakes to find buried to the nose in a dune of critical discourse."
-Brian Monday, Introduction
"Where are you now? Where were you the week before the 2016 David Foster Wallace Conference?"
-Carrie Baldauf, Digital Marginalia
"...Wallace, [much of] whose work is preoccupied with the question of how to decenter the self in favor of something made greater than it precisely by virtue of its being place at the center of the self's experience."
-Ben Leubner, Some Thoughts on the Aesthetics of Infinite Jest
"Like an artist's book, the novel [Infinite Jest] refers to its own objecthood at certain points in the narrative, and such self-reference activates the reader as a player in the theater of reality."
-Tom Winchester, Infinite Jest as an Art Object
"'You're a body, Jim'"
-G. M. Bettendorf, “Touch-Artist[s] and Thinker[s]”: Moving Beyond the Phenomenological Subject in Infinite Jest
"Mourning, incest, and the importance of the ghost within the text are just three of the issues Frye elucidates that one can directly connect to Infinite Jest through Hamlet."
-Melissa Newfield, Who's There? I Am: Ghosts and Intertextuality in Infinite Jest
"I want to believe the fiction, in fiction that the author is speaking directly to you, the reader."
-Barbara Balfour, "Spectral Apostrophe" and The Inkiest Black