How to Prep for ‘The End of the Tour’: An Expert’s Guide to Everything David Foster Wallace

If you love David Foster Wallace (and like, who doesn’t, right?) you’ll know that a film about him, The End of the Tour, is about to hit theaters nationwide. Although, as a friend of mine recently complained, “casting Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace is like casting the guy from Modern Family as Vincent Van Gogh” — that is, visually similar but tonally incoherent — the film has gotten great early reviews, and Segel’s performance has been roundly celebrated. So why not spend the time between now and the film’s release getting super geeked out on DFW? After the jump, a sampling of what to read and watch before you see The End of the Tour — or just for a good ol’ literary time.