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Jake Ost of NCL Government Capital joins Sweepers & Tankers Podcast host Matt Starnes for an equipment financing discussion. Learn: What municipalities are saying about their new buying cycles How NCL is solving for those challenges How financing rates make this the most affordable time to buy How municipalities can save their budget funds with fin…
 
In Episode 56, we have the great pleasure of talking to Jessica Anthony about her exceptional new book, Enter the Aardvark, as well as our classic favorite, The Convalescent, which you've no doubt heard us mention over the years. Jess unpacks for us her views on the imaginate power of fiction, 19th century British taxidermy, and some of the most ex…
 
In Episode 55, we're joined by writer Christian TeBordo, author of the recent short story collection Ghost Engine, and novel Toughlahoma. He's the director of the creative writing program at Roosevelt University in Chicago, and a colleague and friend of recent guests Adam Levin and Kyle Beachy. You can buy his excellent books here: Ghost Engine - b…
 
Join host Matt Starnes as he speaks with Chuck Chiapellone, Maintenance Manager of Metro Ports in Long Beach, California. Metro Ports, Long Beach is a bulk loading facility where they load coal, soda ash, and sulfur onto ships. Matt and Chuck discuss the challenges of the environment and about how our V-Range VS652 solved those challenges to sweep …
 
In Episode 54, we talk to Martina Testa, Editor at Edizioni SUR, and one of Wallace's Italian translators and interpreters. The conversation explores her background with discovering Wallace's writing, getting contracts to translate his work, the Italian fervour surrounding him, and her friendship with Wallace. You can find Martina online in these p…
 
In Episode 53, we're joined by the writer Adam Levin, author of The Instructions, Hot Pink, and the incredible forthcoming novel Bubblegum, which releases April 14, 2020. In our conversation, we talk a good deal about the new novel, Adam's experience reading/thinking about Wallace, swearing, parrots, swearing & parrots, metafiction, and other fun t…
 
In Episode 50, we talk to Michael McGowan and Martin Brick, the editors of David Foster Wallace and Religion: Essays on Faith and Fiction, out now from Bloomsbury Academic: https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/david-foster-wallace-and-religion-9781501345289/ Contact our guests: Michael McGowan: prof.mcgowan@gmail.com Martin Brick: brickm@ohiodominican.edu…
 
Join host Matt Starnes for a fascinating discussion with Gareth Knopp, Innovation and Simulation Manager at Bucher Municipal. Learn about: What does an Innovation and Simulation Manager do? Quality collaboration Predictive and preventative maintenance Conductive charging Robotics 3D printing Electric vehicles And more!…
 
This is the second and final episode covering Wallace and DeLillo's correspondence, housed at the Ransom Center Archive in Austin, Texas. Show notes: 1996 Leonard Lopate interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZ4AeIRKbfwhttps://www.wnyc.org/story/56878-david-foster-wallace/ 1996 David Streitfeld piece: https://craigfehrman.com/2010/05/05/detail…
 
After a very busy summer, Dave and Matt reconvene to discuss the Wallace/DeLillo correspondence housed at the Ransom Center in Austin, Texas. This will be the first instalment of a several-part episode, as there's a lot here to cover! Five Dials, David Foster Wallace Memorial - https://fivedials.com/files/fivedials_no10.pdf Contact Dave and Matt: T…
 
John Dewitz, President of Above & Beyond Hydroseed joins host Matt Starnes to discuss his company's unique street sweeping application. This podcast covers the importance of choosing the correct street sweeper for your application. Listen and learn more with John Dewitz! For more about Above & Beyond Hydroseed - https://abhydroseed.com/about/…
 
In Episode 48, we're joined by Yonina Hoffman. Yonina is PhD student at the Ohio State University. Her work centers around, you guessed it, David Foster Wallace. In this discussion, we cover a range of topics around DFW's work and Yonina's dissertation. We discuss voice, narrative, voice, humor and other issues that track across Wallace's career. Y…
 
Nick Trout of Sourcewell joins host Matt Starnes to discuss cooperative purchasing. This podcast covers: What is coop purchasing? Who is Sourcewell? What are the advantages of using Sourcewell? What makes Sourcewell different from other coops? How do you purchase, sign up, or learn more about Sourcewell? Listen and learn more with Nick Trout! For m…
 
Sweepers and Tankers podcast host Matt Starnes speaks with Nancy Terry, Association Director of North American Power Sweeping Association (NAPSA) and Executive Director of NAPSA News. Nancy shares what NAPSA does, hint, they are huge on education! NAPSA Certification NAPSA's Power Sweeping Standard Certified Sweeping Operator Training Consumer Reso…
 
Join host Matt Starnes as he chats with Senior Project Engineer Martin Bugg on the RS655. Martin explains what regenerative air is as well as the benefits of regenerative air street sweepers. Based on customer requests Martin explains the difference in the Johnston Sweepers new RS655 and RT655. Listen to the podcast episode and learn! Make sure to …
 
In Episode 47, we're joined by Jim Gauer, author of the excellent Novel Explosives, a book you've no doubt heard us mention in recent conversations. Jim is a mathematician, published poet, and self-described as the world's only Marxist venture capitalist. In this discussion, we cover a range of topics around Jim's book, it's relation to Wallace's s…
 
Larry Kaufmann, Southwest Regional Sales Manager for Bucher Municipal North America, joins host Matt Starnes. Larry and Matt discuss all the details of the Grand Opening and Educational Days of the Bucher Municipal Center of Excellence. The Center of Excellence in Ontario, California, launches May 8th – 9th, 2019. Learn what a Bucher Municipal Cent…
 
Join host Matt Starnes for a brief introduction to Johnston Sweepers, a BUCHER company and Bucher Municipal. Street sweepers, sewer cleaners, winter equipment, refuse and more Bucher Municipal and Johnston Sweepers products are covered. This is an overview primer meant to help listeners learn about the world of Bucher so they can understand and lea…
 
In Episode 46 we talk to Rhodes College professor and O.G. Wallace scholar Marshall Boswell about his new book The Wallace Effect: David Foster Wallace and the Contemporary Literary Imagination, out now from Bloomsbury Press! As usual, we bash Franzen a bit, get some overview of the central novels addressed in Marshall's book, and discuss the recen…
 
In Episode 45, we get to talk to Kyle Beachy, Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Roosevelt U in Chicago, and author of the novel The Slide. In it, we discuss his extensive teaching of Wallace's work to creative writing students, his novel and writing on skateboarding, and get some great book recommendations from him (Kyle being …
 
In this episode, Dave and Matt talk about their favorite literary and pop-cultural artifacts from the past year. This episode offers a contest as well, associated with the following music playlist. Good luck! TGC's Favorite Music of 2018 (iTunes) - https://itunes.apple.com/ca/playlist/the-great-concavitys-favorite-songs-of-2018/pl.u-pMyll2jh4KoErM …
 
In Episode 42 we talk to Chicago-based journalist and teacher Esther J. Cepeda about her love of Wallace, annual Infinite Jest reads, and other related literature and pop culture. A huge thank you to our Patrons as well on #ThankYouPatrons day today! Show notes: Esther's favourite cards - Art of Play - https://www.artofplay.com/collections/playing-…
 
In Episode 41, we talk to Dr. Tim Personn (in person!) from the University of Victoria about his recently-defended dissertation, "Fictions of Proximity: The Wallace Nexus in Contemporary Literature." Buckle up for a philosophical discussion, as Tim takes us on a ride through the work of Wittgenstein, Derrida, and other thinkers whose work informed …
 
We're joined by repeat guest Matt Luter to talk about all the fun Dave missed out on at the recent Illinois State University Wallace conference, held June 7-9, 2018. Topics covered include panel recaps, anagram alter egos, karaoke highlights, and all other manner of conference scoops. Almost as good as having been there!…
 
In Episode 38 we talk again with Mike Miley, Vice President of the International David Foster Wallace Society and quiz kid extraordinaire. Topics include film, game shows, Oliver Stone, JFK assassination scoops, and hanging out with Michael Silverblatt. Show Notes: Smart Set – “Reading Wallace Reading” https://thesmartset.com/article08181401/ Mediu…
 
In Episode 37 we welcome the Diversity Committee Coordinators from the International David Foster Wallace Society to talk about issues of representation in the writing of Wallace, and within the Wallace community itself. Relevant links: Diversity Announcement - https://www.dfwsociety.org/2017/05/27/introducing-the-diversity-committee/ Diversity Blo…
 
In Episode 36 we have not one, but two special guests(!), both experts in the cartography of Infinite Jest's Boston (and beyond). William Beutler is the creative mind behind the staggeringly glorious Infinite Map (among other things), and Bill Lattanzi has led a series of walking tours in the Boston area tracing the locations of Wallace's opus, so …
 
In this episode, we stray a bit off our usual Wallacian course (but not too far) to discuss our literary and pop-culture highlights from the last solar revolution. Links we said we'd share: Robyn O'Neil's 20 Years of Drawings: https://www.archonprojects.com/shop/robyn-oneil-20-years-of-drawings Me Reading Stuff podcast by Robyn O'Neil: https://www.…
 
In this episode we're joined by friends Nick and Tony to discuss Australia's first ever David Foster Wallace conference, which was held in Melbourne during September 1-3, 2017. Following a discussion of the conference proceedings, join auxillary Concavityite Nick Maniatis as he interviews a host of presenters live from the conference weekend. Huge …
 
In this episode we talk with Allard about philosophy and film in relation to the work of Wallace, and to lesser extent, Dave Eggers and Jonathan Safran Foer. Dr. Allard den Dulk is Lecturer in Philosophy, Literature and Film at Amsterdam University College, and Research Fellow at the Faculty of Humanities of the VU University Amsterdam, The Netherl…
 
In this episode we talk to award-winning Vancouver poet and writer Shazia Hafiz Ramji about her three consecutive stints as a guide for Infinite Jest online community reads (Poor Yorick's Summer, Sacred Jest, and the recent Ennet House), as well as her own writing and the influence of DFW. You can find her on Twitter at @Shazi_R Her chapbook is Pro…
 
In this episode we speak with Matthew Luter, DFW scholar and author of Understanding Jonathan Lethem. https://www.sc.edu/uscpress/books/2015/7512.html We discuss the state of DFW studies, academia, and Matt's paper at this year's DFW Conference. Matt's paper deals with, among other things, Rita Felski's work and Kevin Birmingham's book on Ulysses, …
 
In this episode we are joined by Australian Wallace scholar Grace Chipperfield of Flinders University, whose recent work on Wallace deals with the concepts of protracted adolescence and political landscape in Wallace's writing. The recent DFW17 conference and her experience there is also discussed, as is the possible vampireness of Australian polit…
 
On our first live episode (recorded in front of conference attendees at the fourth annual DFW conference at Illinois State University) we talk to Charlie Harris and Jim Plath about the life and legacy of Wallace, give some prizes away, and feature live music for the very first time on the show. You can also watch the Facebook live video stream, whi…
 
In this episode we are joined by Wallace scholar Lucas Thompson. Lucas Thompson is the author of the new book Global Wallace (Bloomsbury) which is the first volume in a new series called "David Foster Wallace Studies" edited by Stephen Burn. Global Wallace centers around the often overlooked sources of influence on Wallace's work. Thompson explores…
 
This time we talk to our friend Jill Braithwaite, a Wallace scholar who wrote her Masters thesis on Infinite Jest and its connections to the ideas of theologian Paul Tillich and Unitarian Universalism. She is on Twitter here. Jill mentions a sermon she gave (in which Wallace's Kenyon speech makes a sigificant appearance), which can be found here.…
 
In this episode, we talk with Jeff Severs, author of the excellent new book David Foster Wallace’s Balancing Books: Fictions of Value, published by Columbia University Press. Severs is associate professor of English at the University of British Columbia, Canada, Convexity. Severs is also a noted Pynchon scholar, author of a number of scholarly arti…
 
As is the tradition, Dave and Matt take a minor detour (at times) from the usual topic of David Foster Wallace to discuss their personal highlights and favorite literary and pop cultural items of 2016. Show notes: 00:27 - The Nightmare: 2016 02:08 - Matt knows books, Dave knows everything else 03:29 - Phone addiction 04:02 - Personal years in revie…
 
In this episode we speak with the multi-talented writer and musician Andrew Savage of the band Parquet Courts. Their song “Instant Disassembly” opens and closes each episode of our podcast, but more importantly, Andrew is a super-literate dude who is capable of expounding on almost any topic. Here is the video that Dave mentions of George Saunders’…
 
In this episode with talk with Academy-Award winning screenwriter and DFW fan Nicolás Giacobone. Nico is best known as the co-writer of Iñarritu's Birdman and Biutiful, but he's also a writer of fiction and a serious reader. If you have not seen the movie Birdman, it is strongly advised that you do so. In this episode we discuss his grandfather's f…
 
In this episode we talk with Wallace scholar Clare Hayes-Brady about her new book The Unspeakable Failures of David Foster Wallace. http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/the-unspeakable-failures-of-david-foster-wallace-9781501313530/ She is Lecturer in American Literature at University College, Dublin. We discuss a variety of issues in this episode includin…
 
In this episode we talk with John Mango. John is a teacher and a scholar but in this episode we talk a lot about recovery, AA membership, depression, and alcoholism--perennial DFW subjects all around. 01:07 - Twenty episodes in a year 02:02 - Introducing John Mango 04:01 - John Grisham paperbacks 05:05 - Joseph Heller, Thomas Pynchon, Cormac McCart…
 
In this episode, Dave and Matt start by catching up about the recent photo caption contest winner and entries, Dairy Queen, Flannery O'Connor conferences, and the distinguished list of famous writers Matt has met. Then, our guests Amy and Rachel talk to Dave about their recent experiences reading Infinite Jest for the first time.…
 
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