Episode 22 - Discussing David Foster Wallace with Nicolas Giacobone
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 filmography, literary influences, Manu Ginobli, and many other things.
Books and writers mentioned include Alberto Laiseca, John Updike, Don DeLillo, George Saunders, and Michael Ondaatje's Coming Through Slaughter among others.
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00:042 - background and introductions
02:16 - writing for television is painful
03:41 - Like Ed Wood, he was his own extra
09:08 - Homer and Dostoevsky and Cervantes
22:22 - movie writing is collaborative by nature
28:19 - San Antonio Spurs and ego
32:20 - In Latin America, everything is sold with a handshake
33:40 - Treating writing like work
35:08 - Ruth Reichl and DFW
43:40 - Never wrote another novel
49:00 - Six minute takes
53:01 - Tortured artist whose biggest obstacle is himself
54:00 - Free time and they write bullshit
57:07 - Aaron Swartz's theory of IJ
1:04:26 - We can't do math
1:08:11 - Plenty of good books are forgotten
1:12:01 - The 160-page version of CivilWarLand in Bad Decline
1:15:19 - Sergio de la Pava
1:22:06 - The Internet as a tool
1:28:00 - Mario Bellatin
1:32:32 - Moving past Bolaño's influence
1:36:46 - Make fun of Shakespeare
1:37:59 - Comparing Birdman and Infinite Jest
1:39:56 - IJ is impossible to film
1:45:55 - Easter egg: technical difficulties
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