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RIP David Foster Wallace
« on: September 16, 2008, 04:23:31 PM »
The well-regarded and somewhat crazy novelist and essayist David Foster Wallace died by suicide a couple of days ago.

His major work Infinite Jest had been at the top of my "must read this someday because so many people whose opinions I respect have told me this is right up my alley" list.  Sometimes I put off reading it because it was so big (almost 1,100 pages if I recall correctly) and other times I put it off because it seemed certain to become one of my favorite books, based on all I had heard of it, and I was postponing this great pleasure, this great discovery.

Well, now he has passed away and I think that's a shame.  In one of the tributes I read, there was a link to a commencement speech he gave for graduates of Kenyon College in 2005, and this is just such a great read. Not too often do I read an essay or a short speech and think "Wow, I wish I had read that," and resolve that this is something I had to remember to read again in the future.

http://www.marginalia.org/dfw_kenyon_commencement.html
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Re: RIP David Foster Wallace
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2008, 09:08:30 PM »
That is a GREAT commencement address!!!
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