For 200 years, a noble Venetian family has suffered from an inherited disease that strikes their members in middle age, stealing their sleep, eating holes in their brains, and ending their lives in a matter of months. In Papua New Guinea, a primitive tribe is nearly obliterated by a sickness whose chief symptom is uncontrollable laughter. Across Europe, millions of sheep rub their fleeces raw before collapsing. What these strange conditions share is their cause: prions.
"A great scientific mystery"
David Foster Wallace was the leading literary light of his generation, a man who not only captivated readers with his prose but also mesmerized them with his brilliant mind. In this, the first biography of the writer, D. T. Max sets out to chart Wallace’s tormented, anguished, and often triumphant battle to succeed as a novelist as he fights off depression and addiction to emerge with his masterpiece, Infinite Jest.
"For those who really love DFW"
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year.
In this issue: "Radical Measures", by Amy Davidson; "New Koch", by Jane Mayer; "One Small Step", by D. T. Max; and "Dead Certainty", by Kathryn Schulz.
"Great magazine, but Audible's format is annoying"
"Be Our Guest!" by James Surowiecki; "Transplant" by John Seabrook; "Commando" by Dave Eggers; "Old Enough" by Marisa Silver; "Immortality" by Gary Shteyngart; "Ice Cream and Ashes" by Roger Angell; "Walkabout" by Jeffrey Eugenides; "Summer of '42" by Charles D'Ambrosio; "Atlanta" by Miranda July; "Final Destination" by D. T. Max; "Well Suited" by Sasha Frere-Jones; and "Industrial Strength" by Peter Schjeldahl.
"Occupational Hazards", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "History Lesson", by Ian Frazier; "Turnpike", by Alec Wilkinson; "Shelf Life", by James Wood; "The Natural", by John Lahr; "Her Way", by D. T. Max; and "Home Movies", by Anthony Lane.
"A Man, A Plan", by David Remnick; "Two Bejars", by Kelefa Sanneh; "Scrimmage", by James Surowiecki; "The Prince's Gambit", by D. T. Max; "Back to the Harbor", by Ian Frazier; "Cops and Cons", by Nancy Franklin; and "Out There", by Anthony Lane.
"Spare us your editorials and horrible editing"
"Harder Times", by John Cassidy; "House of Cards", by James Surowiecki; "How Do You Feel About That?", by Alec Wilkinson; "Twister", by D. T. Max; "In the Blood", by Joan Acocella; "Confessions of a Pilgrim Shopaholic", by Paul Rudnick; "Funny Boy", by Nancy Franklin.