Hold the phone. You were on Jeopardy????
@Taffeta Darling I also haven't read the book, so I don't know if there's even room for that.
@Taffeta Darling Though, now that I think about it, I have no idea how that would go. I guess I'm just speaking from my hatred of most movies these days, since they nearly all go for either over-the-top sentiment or explosions.
@jfruh Sure, that's why I said "the LCD that they can get away with." I don't mean Adam Sandler–flick low, I mean twisting DFW's story into some sort of easily digestible "suffering genius" narrative a la A Beautiful Mind or something, so that his extreme depression is presented as also sort of cool and exciting and mind bending, which I don't think is either fair or even remotely accurate. (That treatment was probably unfair to the guy behind A Beautiful Mind, too.) I don't know if that's a crazy fear on my part, but I *really* don't want them to make his plight palatable by giving it some sort of "edge."
@Tulletilsynet I think the only thing people are getting worked up about here is that there are many chances for the movie to fail miserably: a laughable impersonation on Segel's part and/or appealing to the lowest common denominator they can get away with are the two that come to my mind. I guess there's a greater onus on this movie to be GOOD because David Foster Wallace's work is so widely respected and admired, and anything less than the best will probably feel pretty cheap.
While I agree with this in spirit, I can't understand what "value" the movie is going to add to Wallace's legacy. Why attempt to cinematically flesh out a presence that is so incandescent, so forceful within the work of the author himself? I like Jason Segal and Jesse Eisenberg, but it's hard not to see this movie as something of a vulturous attempt to suss out something about the author that the author himself didn't give to his audience.
Who knows, though. It could be great.
You have a lot of people rooting for you, LW. Focus on how great and lovable you are, and be strong.
I could see the ghost one in the New Yorker, for sure. It's good! Bob (haha) could have gone for that one, at least.
Thanks for sharing! I miss seeing Esther Werdiger cartoons.