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September 24, 2008

News & Opinion: David Foster Wallace

By: Jack @ 10:23 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture


David Foster Wallace died on September 12. I have read his collections of essays and I appreciated his, as The Wall Street Journal states "blending inventive language, intellect, humor, philosophy and cultural references in his writing." Someday I will tackle his novels.

In 2005, he addressed the graduating class of Kenyon College. Friday's WSJ has an abridged version of the speech here.

As Todd and I prepare for the publication of our book, I have come to appreciate the skill needed to convey thoughts in the spoken format. DFW was not only a remarkable writer but, as you can see, a remarkable speaker.

The world is a lesser place.