rest in peace

Writer David Foster Wallace found dead

David Foster Wallace, the novelist, essayist and humorist best known for his 1996 tome “Infinite Jest,” was found dead last night at his home in Claremont, according to the Claremont Police Department. He was 46.

Jackie Morales, a records clerk at the Claremont Police Department, said Wallace’s wife called police at 9:30 p.m. Friday saying she had returned home to find her husband had hanged himself.

This saddens me. I’m looking at the spine of Infinite Jest right now, and as much as I struggled through it, I also loved the ride it took me on. Why do so many authors commit suicide? John Kennedy O’Toole (asphyxiation), Ernest Hemingway (shotgun), Hunter S. Thompson (gunshot), Virginia Woolf (drowned), and on and on. Why does the introspection of writing often lead down such a dark path. Too soon, David Foster.

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