Sad news indeed. I have to choose my battles very carefully these days so I never got around to reading Infinite Jest, but I did devour any DFW nonfiction I could get my hands on, and I was certain that his next novel was going to be one of my favorite books ever.
And then there was the time I convinced an Upstanding Citizen to take an audio copy of Consider the Lobster on a car trip. Unfortunately, I had completely forgotten about the highly entertaining, but far from Upstanding, essay therein concerning DFW’s trip to the Adult Entertainment Awards. Even though the Upstanding Citizen had to frantically dive for the eject button so as not to expose his wife to the stream of naughtiness issuing from his speakers, he still had to admit that the rest of the collection was excellent. In fact, they were so entertained and enlightened on their long car trip that they forgot to be mad at me for accidentally subjecting them to some very, very dirty stuff. Such was the magnitude of Wallace’s talent.
And now, a salute to David Foster Wallace, presented in hyperlinks:
–Wallace on Charlie Rose
–Wallace on the 2000 Straight Talk Express
–Wallace on conservative radio
–Wallace Considers the Lobster
–Wallace gives the commencement address at Kenyon
–Wallace is appreciated by the New York Times
-Norm De Plume