Anybody see this in The New York Times?
It's official now: David Foster Wallace is the most important contemporary writer of our time.
I went to my local library, and guess what. It wasn't on the shelf. A check of the catalog and apparently, no version at the library.
They did have Trump's Crippled America though-which I checked out with the qt3.14 at the desk.
>Here is one of the great Wallace innovations: the revelatory power of freakishly thorough noticing, of corralling and controlling detail. Most great prose writers make the real world seem realer — it’s why we read great prose writers. But Wallace does something weirder, something more astounding: Even when you’re not reading him, he trains you to study the real world through the lens of his prose
I empathize with this very much
After IJ I sometimes look at things and think DFW-mode about them, like when a droplet of water stays on a leaf after rain, how it holds on but the friction of the slightly too-smooth surface of the cellular walls is not enough to keep it for much longer, and it slides down ever noticeably, shifting the weight balance of the entire branch and so on and so fort. [increased sweating]. I imagine it would be very exhausting to do this for pages and pages on end like he did
>MP: David sometimes made suggestions for cover art. For Infinite Jest he proposed using a photo of a giant modern sculpture made of industrial trash—an interesting idea, but one that our creative director felt was too subtle and detailed to work as a cover image.