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RIP David Foster Wallace

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by WaylonJennings, Sep 13, 2008.

  1. jgmacg

    jgmacg Guest

    Oh no.
     
  2. derwood

    derwood Active Member

    Speechless.
     
  3. god

    just heard this

    this is a rough one

    found by his wife

    46 years old

    what the fuck would compel a person to do this

    no matter how bad things are, aren't they worse if you're dead?
     
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  4. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Active Member

    That's rational thinking applied to a most irrational moment or stretch in one's life, depending on all the factors involved. Sometimes the only thing that seems to matter is ending the pain or anguish of the moment.

    Always sad, regardless of fame or talent or age.
     
  5. friend of the friendless

    friend of the friendless Active Member

    Sirs, Madames,

    RIP from a Nuck, no matter how awful he made us seem.

    YD&OHS, etc
     
  6. CentralIllinoisan

    CentralIllinoisan Active Member

    Was never a fan, but appreciate his bootprint on the world of literature. The creative writing department at Illinois State, in which I was a student, has his fingerprints all over it. I found most of the professors fawned over him way too much.

    But he will be missed. I was curious to see what writing cliche he'd next dismantle.
     
  7. joe

    joe Active Member

    Far and away one of the best novelists of our times -- and a hell of a reporter. His story on McCain's campaign during the 2000 election cycle was a masterpiece.

    I'll forever regret not going to meet him while he was at Illinois State and I was working in Champaign.

    Looks like his demons finally caught him.
     
  8. Jones

    Jones Active Member

    Into the black hole, another light goes.
     
  9. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    God dammit.

    This sucks.

    Devastated.
     
  10. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    I had, at times, mixed feelings about DFW's fiction, but his non-fiction always represented the best of what we do. He took risks, big ones, and though he had his share of misses, he has a fascinating mind and a wonderful imagination. The worlds of literature and journalism are less today.

    Take the time, if you can, and read his essay/story profiling Roger Federer from the NYT Play Magazine last year. A wonderful meditation on the beauty and artistry of athletic competition.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/20/sports/playmagazine/20federer.html?pagewanted=all
     
  11. joe

    joe Active Member

    Here's that Rolling Stone article on McCain that I referenced above.

    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/18420304/the_weasel_twelve_monkeys_and_the_shrub
     
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