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David Foster Wallace was the Kurt Cobain of the literary world, an artist whose brilliance was so isolating that in the end he could not live with it.
In 1996, Wallace did a book tour for his highly acclaimed novel Infinite Jest, and on the last leg of the tour he was joined by writer David Lipsky, who was assigned to do a profile of Wallace for Rolling Stone. The End of the Tour is based on Lipsky’s book Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, which transcribes the five-day interview. (The Rolling Stone article was never actually written until years later, after Wallace’s death.)
Jason Segel plays David Foster Wallace as a man struggling to keep it real in the face of critical accolades, publicity, and the onslaught of demented fans and groupies. Jesse Eisenberg’s Lipsky is a writer who admires Wallace while at the same time envying and resenting his talent and success. Together they present a fascinating and convincing look into the world of writers and the publishing industry, as well as an exploration of the dynamic between a journalist and his subject.
If you’re celebrating National Novel Writing Month, you can find a list of other recommended movies here.
“It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.” –General Tecumseh Sherman
And it was Francois Truffaut who supposedly said that it’s impossible to make an anti-war movie, because depictions of war are bound to make it look glamorous and exciting. Click here for a list of movies that prove him wrong.
Portland Public Library is now offering sets of books that you can borrow for your book group. These sets include multiple copies of the same title, often with large print or audio formats. We’ll keep the sets fresh with new titles throughout the year.
What book sets are available? The sets are listed in the library’s catalog under the title “Portland Public Library Book Discussion Sets.” You can search the catalog by that title or by “book group sets” or “book club sets.” Click on “Place a Hold” to be taken to a page where you can view the complete list of titles and select the specific book set that you want. You’ll need to log in to your account to place the hold online. With your library card, you can also call us to request sets (871-1700) or make your request in person at the library. MaineCat users can also request Portland Public Library Book Discussion Sets through MaineCat.