David (Foster Wallace) and David (Lipsky) on the Art of Conversation

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But actually, part of what I think Lipsky wanted was to have a good, long, conversation, one of those talks that lift you out of your regular life and into another mode of being, the way a really good book can.

Though we may have recoiled at the thought, we might as well reconcile ourselves to the existence of The End of the Tour. At Electric Literature, Julie Buntin—a former student of David Lipsky—shares her thoughts on the movie, from her initial disgust to her begrudging appreciation, focusing on the fact of the movie as an exploration in conversation: “our original, ephemeral method for banishing loneliness.” She leaves us with the thought that, okay, fine, maybe we should give the movie a chance.


Kyle Williams is a student at Brooklyn College, studying creative writing and literature. You can find more from him on Tumblr at kaywhyelleee.tumblr.com, but don't feel like you have to. More from this author →