Wow, so I had the opportunity to see the movie The End Of The Tour, starring Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg. This movie is about the David Lipsky, a writer for Rolling Stone, who interviews David Foster Wallace for five days and develop some sort of friendship? Relationship?
Now if you don’t know David Foster Wallace, you might know about this particular commencement speech posted on your various social networks.
I don’t go out to watch movies at the theater all that much and I’m not a big movie watcher compared to most. With that said, this is my most favorite movie I’ve seen so far this year (along with Grand Budapest Hotel). Again, haven’t seen that many movies this year. Only a handful.
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Now this movie isn’t an action movie and the number of characters are minimal. What makes the movie worthwhile is the interaction between the two main characters and certainly the peculiarly interesting person that is David Foster Wallace. I could identify with several things that he had talked about in the interview.
I would love to expound on them in another blog post, maybe I will, maybe I won’t. But the thing that really stuck to my mind was the realization, his realization, that even when you make great achievements, reach your goals, earn fame, nothing has actually changed for you internally. Man, that thought alone hurts. The realization that once you got there, there was nothing.
I’m eager to now read his writings but I don’t know where to start. The book Infinite Jest is over a thousand pages long. So I don’t know about that.
The movie also inspired me to really keep writing. Even though writing, as I’ve learned from both the movie and Jason Segel himself, is a very lonely activity.
Oh yeah, got to see Jason Segel afterwards for a Q&A. 🙂