On the tenth anniversary of his suicide, David Foster Wallace faces renewed criticism over his treatment of women, in his life and work. Fans and critics are re-reading his work, struggling to reconcile genius with misogyny.
Interviews in this hour:
The Genius and The Misogynist
David Foster Wallace On "Infinite Jest"
A Podcast For Readers Struggling with The 'Virtuosic Masterpiece' of the 'Great American Hype Machine'
Our Final Conversation with David Foster Wallace
"I Can Still Hear His Voice": Amy Wallace-Havens Remembers Her Brother
Life and Work In The Mind of a Literary Giant
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