Quack this Way: David Foster Wallace & Bryan A. Garner Talk Language and Writing

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Two friends, both of them vocational snoots, sat down to film an interview in February 2006. Their subjects: language and writing. The interviewee drove more than an hour, from Claremont to downtown Los Angeles. The interviewer flew from Dallas. They spoke on film for 67 minutes and then walked uphill to a nearby seafood restaurant, where they continued the running conversation they had started five years earlier. They liked each other, and they seemed to understand each other. The rest is history.

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Bryan A. Garner (b. 1958), author and lexicographer, has written more than 20 books on English usage, legal writing, advocacy, business writing, and more, including Garner's Dictionary of Legal Usage, Garner's Modern American Usage, and Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts (with Justice Antonin Scalia). Garner is the editor in chief of Black's Law Dictionary and Distinguished Research Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University. He founded LawProse, Inc., a Dallas-based training and consulting firm, in 1990.

Writer David Foster Wallace was born in Ithaca, New York on February 21, 1962. He received a B.A. from Amherst College in Massachusetts. He was working on his master's degree in creative writing at the University of Arizona when he published his debut novel The Broom of the System (1987). Wallace published his second novel Infinite Jest (1996) which introduced a cast of characters that included recovering alcoholics, foreign statesmen, residents of a halfway house, and high-school tennis stars. He spent four years researching and writing this novel. His first collection of short stories was Girl with Curious Hair (1989). He also published a nonfiction work titled Signifying Rappers: Rap and Race in the Urban Present. He committed suicide on September 12, 2008 at the age of 46 after suffering with bouts of depression for 20 years.

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