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

"much more ingeneous is figuring out how to live (and keep living) well."

Thank you for that condescending and misspelled admonition. If you had any experience with chronic depression, you'd know that all the ingenuity in the world can't teach a depressed person how to live well.

It's not romanticizing him or his suicide to examine Wallace's life and work in light of his problems. Nothing in this article suggests that his depression or his suicide were romantic. Unless you think addiction, rehab, failed relationships, poring over self-help books and unjustly blaming your mom for problems caused by scrambled brain chemistry are "romantic."

Posted on April 9, 2011 at 11:12 pm 2