September 24, 2008
News & Opinion: David Foster Wallace
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.