Fans of David Foster Wallace, Dave Eggers, Jonathan Franzen, Kingsley Amis, Haruki Murakami, Alice Munro, Woody Allen, and J.D. Salinger would enjoy this podcast. It is a live recording of the Austin Writing Workshop, held in North Austin on Friday, July 18, 2014. The group discusses postmodern literature and philosophy with details listed in the timestamps below.
0:00 Excerpt from “All That” by self-proclaimed “library weenie” David Foster Wallace
1:13 Frank’s introduction to the podcast
2:05 Group analysis of “All That” by David Foster Wallace, including postmodern themes of reality vs. unreality, the use of symbolic detail, parenthetical asides, the imperfection of language, Lacan, Plato, breaking the fourth wall, likeability of narrator voice, Matthew 4:7, capturing the essence of childhood, stealing from J.D. Salinger’s “Seymour: An Introduction,” happiness conspiracies, intertextuality, unfinished endings, the contract with the reader (first paragraphs), triteness in a story, David Foster Wallace’s famousness as it relates to his ability to publish, The New Yorker magazine, writers as characters in a story as a postmodern technique, the beauty of simple sentences, Vladimir Nabokov’s style, Nelson Mandela, writing as a form of jazz (improvizational), The Fault in Our Stars, and the decadence of postmodernism.
38:50 Group analysis of an AWW group member’s story, including parallels to David Foster Wallace’s story (above), the theme of cascading love, developing symbols that represent theme, starting in the “right” place, the movie “Pinky,” ecstasy, transitions, Johnny Carson, and sentence dramatization.
54:12 Group analysis of “Annie Hall” by Woody Allen, including Coney Island icons, the possibility of the movie being one of the best romantic comedies of all time, comparison to “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” the excellent performance of Diane Keaton, postmodern techniques in the movie, breaking the fourth wall, Diane Keaton’s wardrobe, art imitating life and life imitating art, time capsules, Ronald Reagan, effect the movie had on women’s fashion, Marshall McLuhan, The Denial of Death, “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger, the alternate self or dopelganger, L.A. vs. N.Y., conspiracies, subtitled thoughts, talking straight to camera, heroine and methadone, public school teachers, the teamsters, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, New York as a character, and the final scene of the film.
1:14:08 End of Podcast