David Foster Wallace

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  • The Great American Hack: David Foster Wallace and Aaron Swartz

    I just finished 'Infinite Jest.' Like anyone who's spent months reading a 1,008-page book, particularly this one, I'm at a loss. It's sprawling, and by this point, all the important details from the novel's opening pages are teetering on the foggy...

  • The Great American Hack: David Foster Wallace and Aaron Swartz

    Like anyone who's spent months reading a 1,008-page book, particularly this one, I'm at a loss.

  • How Will the David Foster Wallace Legacy Survive Itself?

    As much as I despise the thought that all this post-death doing is killing what was wonderful about what had been, it is a good reminder to anybody that what you do or say or create often only begins to define what you always are.

  • A Letter to My Future Biographer

    If you are reading this then you already know: My legacy as a once-in-a-generation literary genius has stood the test of time. My unexpected and politically significant death merely burnished my reputation as an eerily prescient novelist, beloved...

  • The Deaths of David Foster Wallace

    Wallace's intersecting plotlines and cascades of footnotes were a testimony to the ‘infinitude’ of the world, as he experienced it. His biography, on the other hand, is more like a square meal than a crack binge. But it satisfies some basic biography...

  • The Internet Can't Hate David Foster Wallace Because He Is the Internet

    Oh how the mighty fall and rise up again on the internet. David Foster Wallace was once a mildly controversial figure in the literary world; much less so ever since his suicide has transformed him into an artists' martyr. Wallace has been lionized now...