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A Life of David Foster Wallace

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

D. T. Max talks about his biography of David Foster Wallace, one of the most influential writers of his generation who not only captivated readers with his prose but also mesmerized them with his brilliant mind. In Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, Max charts Wallace’s battle to succeed as a novelist as he fights off depression and addiction to emerge with his masterpiece, Infinite Jest. Since his death by suicide at the age of forty-six in 2008, Wallace has become a symbol of sincerity and honesty in an inauthentic age.

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Comments [2]

Leonard, It sounds like DFW would be interesting, but you were speaking of him in the abstract, so only the literary crowd who already knew his style and what difference it made would have known what you were talking about. It's all too easy to do, of course, and work to bring your whole audience along, but people do appreciate it when someone does.

Jan. 23 2013 01:01 PM
Christine from Westchester

Interesting to hear how his mental health effected his art. While he certainly suffered with the anxiety etc. how much of it resulted in shaping his writings? Like many artists, it seems he had his demons.

Jan. 23 2013 12:55 PM

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