My story: I was browsing SomethingAwful's General Bullshit board, which in 2008 was all serious news stories. I'd never heard of David Foster Wallace. I clicked the thread and saw a black-and-white photo of a chubby guy with long hair standing in a cornfield. I read that this guy was a writer and he'd hanged himself. I thought I knew literature pretty well, so I figured from the photo and from the description of his work that he was a genre writer, a sci-fi guy I wouldn't have heard of. I read some of the replies. One comment sticks in my memory: "I wonder how long and pretentious his suicide note was." And then I didn't think about Wallace for a few days until I saw The New Yorker was covering his death. Then I began to think that maybe he was actually a good writer. I started to look into him more, and then the article by David Lipsky was in the Rolling Stone that back then would get inexplicably delivered to my house even though I didn't subscribe to Rolling Stone, and that article inspired me to start buying his books. And that's it.
>>7587325 Saw it in USA Today at a motel when I was in high school. I had no idea who he was and didn't investigate further but the story and picture of him resurfaced as I was applying to Pomona so I read him.
I was in my house minding my business when I get a call. "I know you were close and I don't know if someone told you already but David Wallace is dead." " N..No it's probably just some College prank." I go on Google and type David Foster Wallace and see the news report of his suicide. I reflect for a few seconds then rummage through my closet to find old tapes I had recorded when hired by Rolling Stone to interview the man himself.
Just watched his speech for graduates "this is water" a couple days ago, then today I was listening to Maron's podcast and he was interviewing Jason Segal about the movie, watched it today. Any specific books by him I should read? is his work depressing or mind opening like "this is water"?
>>7591946 This is water is one of his best works. Even though it's a speech, it reads like a mix between an academic essay and a heartfelt letter which I'm sure is what his intention was. I'd say the closest thing to that speech is his essay "Consider the Lobster." The essay is about lobsters but it's also about ethics, consciousness, and the nature of life. It's difficult, but it's rewarding and one hell of a read. Happy reading, friend! :)
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