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

With all due respect, you are simply not equipped to handle this material. Not only do you lack knowledge of self psychology, or of any psychodynamic/psychoanalytic theory (read Heinz Kohut), but most profoundly you lack empathy with the very subject you are trying to write about---Wallace, his emotional interests and needs and his struggle with issues of identity, meaning, ideals, and self-expression (this was a man, an artist, suffering from such a sense of worthlessness he took his own life), and worst of all you narcissistically interject yourself and your own lack of understanding in a horrifyingly glib fashion.

Posted on December 23, 2011 at 11:36 am 0