josh (joshc) wrote,

david foster wallace, dead at 46

I can hardly believe this is true, but David Foster Wallace apparently eliminated his own map for keeps last night. [latimes / nyt ]

I guess the thing that we are passing around now is this commencement speech from Kenyon [marginalia], which, aside from the appropriateness of subject material, shows how well he captured the conflicted thinking of a complicated uncertain existence and the crushingness of noticing everything within the limited constraints of American English. There is really no writer whose work I loved or respected more. This is just downright awful, really bad news.

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