Back in April, when I set out to recruit three more Guides, I decided to start with the folks I thought would be best suited for the role and then move down the list as I accumulated rejections (of which I expected plenty). Instead, to my great fortune, the first three people I asked accepted. I’m a little unclear on how that happened, but I could not be more appreciative.
The Guides agreed to do all they did this summer on a volunteer basis. If you believe that awesome and generous people deserve reward, please support them in their current and future endeavors.
Eden M. Kennedy’s most recent project is Let’s Panic About Babies (co-authored by Alice Bradley), and was called “a hilarious Onion-style website about parenting” by Redbook magazine. Eden also writes yogabeans! (where her son’s action figures demonstrate the intricacies of ashtanga yoga) and Fussy (where she writes angry open letters to Justin Timberlake and chronicles her daily life).
Kevin Guilfoile’s bestselling debut novel Cast of Shadows–called “gripping” by the New York Times and one of the Best Books of 2005 by the Chicago Tribune and Kansas City Star–has been translated into more than 15 languages. He was the co-author (with John Warner) and illustrator of the #1 bestseller My First Presidentiary: A Scrapbook by George W. Bush. Kevin is a co-founder and commissioner of The Morning News Tournament of Books, and his essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, Salon, and McSweeney’s. His second novel, The Thousand, will be published next year by Alfred A. Knopf.
While not official Guides, Matt Bucher (of the wallace-l listserv) and Nick Maniatis (of The Howling Fantods) were tireless in their promotion and encouragement. And John Hodgman’s perfect summation of the event–”a noble and crazy enterprise”–is responsible for no small share of the attention and participants we received.
Many people volunteered their time and talent to write essays and commentary for us. Infinite Summer wouldn’t have been half as successful without the contributions of our guests.
- Andrew Womack is a founding editor of The Morning News.
- Brittney Gilbert blogs for San Francisco’s CBS 5, and on her own site, Sparkwood & 21.
- Colin Meloy is the lead singer and songwriter for the band The Decemberists. Their most recent album is The Hazards of Love.
- Greg Carlisle is the author of Elegant Complexity: A Study of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest and an instructor of theater at Morehead State University.
- infinitedetox has been drug-free for close to 90 days and counting, thanks in part to David Foster Wallace.
- Jason Kottke has written the weblog kottke.org since March of 1998. His archive of his Infinite Jest commentary can be found here.
- John Green is the Michael L. Printz Award-winning author of Paper Towns (which was just released in paperback) , Looking for Alaska, and An Abundance of Katherines. He is also the co-creator (with his brother, Hank) of the popular vlogbrothers channel on youtube, which spawned the nerdfighter community, a tight-knit group of a hundred thousand nerds who use the internet to celebrate intellectualism and nerd culture.
- John Moe is a writer and public radio host now living in St Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of the book Conservatize Me and his short humor pieces appear in several anthologies as well as on McSweeneys.net
- John Warner is the author of the leading volume of fake writing advice, Fondling Your Muse: Infallible Advice From a Published Author to the Writerly Aspirant. He teaches at Clemson University.
- Kathleen Fitzpatrick is Associate Professor of English and Media Studies at Pomona College; she’s the author of The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television, and co-coordinating editor of MediaCommons. She blogs there and at Planned Obsolescence.
- Marcus Sakey is the bestselling author of four novels. His latest, The Amateurs, was called “genius” by the Chicago Tribune, and his three previous books are currently in development as feature films. He has ridden with gang cops, gone shooting with Special Forces, toured the morgue, and learned to pick a deadbolt. He claims it was all for research.
- Maria Bustillos is the author of the newly released Act Like a Gentleman, Think Like a Woman, as well as Dorkismo: the Macho of the Dork (in which Wallace fans may read the author’s favorite chapter, “David Foster Wallace: the Dork Lord of American Letters.” You can find her on Twitter at @mariabustillos.
- Matt Bucher is the administrator of the David Foster Wallace mailing list and publisher of Elegant Complexity: A Study of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. He is an editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, runs a weblog about writer Roberto Bolaño and the novel 2666, and can be found at mattbucher.com.
- Matt Earp lives in San Francisco and creates electronic music under the name Kid Kameleon.
- Michael Pietsch is Executive Vice President and Publisher of Little, Brown and Company and was David Foster Wallace’s editor.
- Michael Wendling is a writer and producer. He is currently producing From Our Own Correspondent for the BBC World Service, and is working on a novel.
- Nick Douglas is the editor of Twitter Wit: Brilliance in 140 Characters or Less. In 2006, he was the founding editor of Valleywag.com.
- Mimi Smartypants is a Chicago writer and editor, as well as the eponymous author of a long-running weblog. A portion of her early online writing is collected in The World According to Mimi Smartypants.
- Nick Maniatis is the owner/maintainer of the David Foster Wallace web resource The Howling Fantods as well as a high school English and Media teacher.
And rounding out the trifecta was the amazing community that flourished around us. Among those who chronicled their reading of the novel was our blogroll:
- Infinite Zombies
- Infinite Detox
- A Supposed Fun Blog
- Infinite Tasks
- Gerry Canavan
- I Just Read About That
- Love, Your Copyeditor
- Sarah's Books
- The Feminist Texican
- Conversational Reading
- Repat Blues
- Chris Forster
- Brain Hammer
- Naptime Writing
- Infinite Jestation
You can find many more posts and commentary in the weekly roundup archives.
And I am enormously grateful to everyone who visited the site, participated in the forums, merrily tweeted along on Twitter #infsum channel, and otherwise worked to make this the incredible event it became
Finally, a shout-out to David Foster Wallace. We owe you way more than thanks.