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On Inside David Foster Wallace's Private Self-Help Library

uh. so does this mean that we should think of Infinite Jest as a 1000 page suicide note now?

Posted on April 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm 0

On Inside David Foster Wallace's Private Self-Help Library

Okay... this was really enjoyable coming from someone who has always admired DFW's writing, but I have a single and, I think, important issue:

Don't you think this sort of fetishistic approach to DFW's archives only serves to ironically champion him as some great auteur of our time for rejecting auteurism and refusing to consider himself a genius? Don't you think these sort of obsessive speculations about his psyche based on what he read, or his relationship with his mother, or even the types of questions he asked his students only serve to effectively gloss-over the central point of much of his work which, as you so eloquently put it,was "to erase the distance between himself and others in order to understand them better" ?

Posted on April 6, 2011 at 11:11 am 1