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David Foster Wallace has killed himself

Baron

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Holy shit. I've only read his non-fiction, which I mostly loved. That's sad.
 

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His essay about playing tennis as a child in Illinois is so simply poignant as to be heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. No easy feat, that.

Death comes too soon for some. Thanks for everything, DFW.
 

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Jesus, that sucks.

And yet Amy Winehouse is still hanging on by a thread.
 

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Originally Posted by w.mj
His essay about playing tennis as a child in Illinois is so simply poignant as to be heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. No easy feat, that.

Death comes too soon for some. Thanks for everything, DFW.


Any chance you might have a link on hand for that essay?
 

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Originally Posted by SirSuturesALot
Any chance you might have a link on hand for that essay?

It's not in the public domain, but it's the first essay from "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again." The whole collection is great, but that one essay is simply transcendent.
 

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Originally Posted by King Francis
Jesus, that sucks.

And yet Amy Winehouse is still hanging on by a thread.

hahahahahhaha Injustice, don't you think?
 

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A friend of mine said it best:

"Well, if DFW couldn't find a reason to keep on living we are all fucked."
 

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Myself and a small group of friends have been in serious mourning since I read the news Saturday night.

DFW's commencement speech at Kenyon College in '05 is beautiful.

Somehow, the facts of his death keep running in my mind in his words, as though he's made himself in one of his own stories. I'm sure that meta-narrative was running through his mind sometime in those last moments.


I have very few heroes in life, and DFW was one. Feels like I've lost a brother. I read "Infinite Jest" several years ago; it was the most brilliant, poignant novel I've ever experienced.

DFW RIP.
 

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I didn't see this until yesterday, because I was camping over the weekend. I can't think of anyone who I didn't actually know whose death has affected me so much. It's impossible to say what potential works we'll never get to read, obviously. What's worse is that I felt he was not only the best writer of my generation--and that he spoke for my generation in the way I once felt Kurt Cobain did--but also one of the few modern authors who could (all at once) make me laugh, make me think, and make me feel like there was at least one other person out there who saw the world the way I did. And now he's gone.

RIP. You'll be missed.
 

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Originally Posted by Sartorian
Myself and a small group of friends have been in serious mourning since I read the news Saturday night.

DFW's commencement speech at Kenyon College in '05 is beautiful.

Somehow, the facts of his death keep running in my mind in his words, as though he's made himself in one of his own stories. I'm sure that meta-narrative was running through his mind sometime in those last moments.


I have very few heroes in life, and DFW was one. Feels like I've lost a brother. I read "Infinite Jest" several years ago; it was the most brilliant, poignant novel I've ever experienced.

DFW RIP.


A fellow alum sent me the link to his address earlier today. As a Kenyon grad and fan of DFW, I had a hard time digesting.
 

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Wow. Don't know how I missed this.

Awful and so very sad. I've yet to read Infinite Jest, but I've loved his non-fiction. Def one of the greats of his generation.
 

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yeah i noticed the front page article in the nytimes over the wknd. i saw dfw reading from one of his newer collection of short stories at the hammer museum at ucla. i remember his sarcastic sense of humor & blunt comments towards some of the audience member's questions. definitely a character, especially with his work boots & long pony tail.
 

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