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I’m still working on trying to figure out how to restore my older blog postings. I think my XML export file might’ve been corrupted during export. In the worst case scenario, I’ll manually restore my old posts, though that’ll screw up the dates and mean all comments on these posts will be forever lost.

On an unrelated note, I want to put in a plug for the special session I helped organize at the upcoming MLA Convention in Philadelphia. If you’re around, please stop by “The Legacy of David Foster Wallace,” which is at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 30th, in Independence Salon I at the Philadelphia Marriott.

We have a distinguished group of panelists including Stephen J. Burn (North Michigan U.), Marshall Boswell (Rhodes C.), Sam Cohen (U. of Missouri, Columbia), John Conley (UMN, Twin Cities), Kathleen Fitzpatrick (Pomona), Mary Holland (SUNY New Paltz), and — very fortunately — Wallace’s Little, Brown editor, Michael Pietsch.

I’ll be talking about how Wallace’s interpretation of the role of the avant-garde shaped his literary projects.



  1. How’d the panel go? I adore Kathleen Fitzpatrick; she gave a keynote at MSA in 2008 that was just plain spectacular.

  2. Hi Jess: The panel went quite well. Kathleen Fitzpatrick has done a great job writing up our talks. You can read her overview here.