R | | Biography, Drama
The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, 'Infinite Jest.'
Throughout the movie, people ask David Lipsky about "Jann". For example, Wallace asks him at the start of their interview, "What does Jann want," and says as Lipsky is leaving, "Say hi to Jann for me." This is Jann S. Wenner, the cofounder and editor-in-chief of Rolling Stone Magazine. Although Wenner was always unusually well-known in the general culture for a magazine publisher, he had been especially prominent in the news during the period just prior to the time when Lipsky went to interview Wallace because Wenner had recently left his wife of two decades (also an executive at Wenner Media) for a much younger man. Although they separated in 1995, Jann and Jane Wenner did not actually get divorced until 2011, after same-sex marriage became legal in New York.
David Foster Wallace:
You didn't think to write where we parked the car?
David Lipsky: No, I didn't. Okay? Sorry, I fucked up. I'm a fuck up. Not everybody could be as brilliant as you.
David Foster Wallace: What is with you?
David Lipsky: What the fuck is with you?
The writer's girlfriend was reading the famous 1996 political novel, Primary Colors, but the book was obviously not Primary Colors, as it was much too thick to be Primary Colors -- so it was obviously another, thicker book with a Primary Colors dust jacket slipped on.
Halfway through the closing credits, there is an extra scene told from the perspective of David Foster Wallace as Lipsky goes to the bathroom to wash out the chewing tobacco. It shows what Wallace did while he was in the bathroom: he speaks privately into the tape recorder.
$123,238 2 August 2015