More on David Foster Wallace and his Death

By Carlos Portocarrero

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I know I already mentioned the passing of DFW and how big of a deal itis to me, but I still have this running through my head. I can’t believe that I won’t be reading any more of what he has to say on random topics like talk radio, tennis, and infinity. It’s sad. It’s depressing. 

Anyway, today I was reading up all the stuff that’s out there about him (there is a ton) and it hit me: it’s even worse than I thought. Not only do we have to deal with the passing of one the most unique (no one can argue that, regardless of whether or not you enjoyed his writing, and I know plenty of people for whom he was simply not there cup of tea) writers of this or any generation. Not only that, but now we have to see him, his legacy, and his books get scooped up like so many other writers before him. When it’s too late.

He’s finally being exposed to more and more people who never heard of him — all because he’s dead. 

Now I have to go on and see his books, his books that I have on my shelf and cherished and enjoyed and tried to tell everyone about sitting on the bestseller lists, steadily climbing the charts. 

What would he have to say about that? Probably something funny, smart, and insightful. A footnote or two about something a couple of steps removed from the topic, but funny and entertaining nonetheless. 

World: let me introduce you to David Foster Wallace — my favorite writer of all time and a man a bit too far ahead of his time. Are you ready for him now?

2 Responses to “More on David Foster Wallace and his Death”

  • Mara Says:

    I am Italian and I was a person ‘kissed by luck’ when he answered to my first letter. It was maybe for a letter sent by standard mail with a real stamp on it, maybe because I defined his Infinite Jest as a Bible near my bed.., who knows, but he answered and he was so polite so gentle that he could not call me with my first name, he used my family name. He belonged to a different age.
    And it was absolutely special.
    I could not help to write to him as when I for the first time read his article on September 11 it was love at first sight. After that I started to fill in my book case with his books. Less than one month ago on trip in US I was in Pomona College just to see where he works.. I cannot bear not to read his opinions and thoughts on life anymore. I am wondering how and when I will find another writer like him. Likely never. What I (we) can do is reading and reading again his books as every time they give us emotions and help in seeing life from another corner.

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