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Inside David Foster Wallace's Private Self-Help Library

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Small Town Guy, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. Small Town Guy

    Small Town Guy Well-Known Member

    Not sure if this is necessarily something that should go on the journalism board, but it should go somewhere.


    A wonderful piece by Maria Bustillos on Wallace's private papers at the University of Texas.

    There are college paper and letters when he was in fourth-grade. There's also this test he gave his own students:

    But she concentrates on his book collection, which numbers more than 300. In particular, she writes about the self-help books he had and the notes he made in them, looking for some insight into the mind that produced works of genius but also eventually destroyed him.
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