The first issue of lit mag n+1 has a pretty sweet review of David Foster Wallace's Oblivion and, for a short piece, has a lot of concise things to say about what's going on in his writing.
There's also an interesting discussion about Wallace and Jonathan Franzen the one-liner of which is "The truth is, Wallace has already written his next big novel - it's called The Corrections." And in discussing the connection between the two writers, the reviewer (Chad Harbach) goes on to say:
Even Franzen's selection of his fictional family's surname (lambert, n.: the centimeter-gram-second* unit of brightness equal to the brightness of a perfectly diffusing surface...) must be read either as conscious or unconscious homage to Wallace's Incandenzas.I guess it necessarily has to be either conscious or unconscious. But, still, these sorts of connections kinda flip my wig.
*This description didn't make sense to me at first. Turns out the actual units of a lambert are lumens per square centimeter. It's in the centimeter-gram-second unit system ... which includes stuff like ergs and maxwells.