Last Tuesday, Skylight Books, Los Angeles, Calif., hosted what it called the Infinite Summer's End David Foster Wallace Celebration, honoring readers who tackled Infinite Jest this summer as part of infinitesummer.org. Some 125 David Foster Wallace fans and friends attended, including (l. to r.) Bonnie Nadell of Fred Hill Bonnie Nadell, Inc., Wallace's life-long agent; John Krasinski, writer/actor/director of the movie Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, based on Wallace's story collection of the same name; and Kathleen Fitzpatrick, associate professor of English and Media Studies at Pomona College and a Wallace colleague. On right: Skylight's inimitable Emily Pullen.
Photo: Chris Rogers.
The literary basketball league sponsored by WORD bookstore, Brooklyn, N.Y., is ending its first, amazing season (Shelf Awareness, July 21, 2009). Here the members of the Mrs. Balloway team posed last week after "a devastating loss in the semi-finals," as Penguin's Matthew Boyd (back row in the "Blazer Tennis" T-shirt) described it. On right: WORD's equally inimitable Stephanie Anderson, who organized the league.