Tuesday, September 16, 2008

David Foster Wallace, Snarky/Cerebral

Admittedly I am not a David Foster Wallace fan (being familiar with his work in name only), but I do think it tragic when any literarian takes his or her own life. If you're interested in reading more about Wallace from editor and columnist J. Peder Zane of the Raleigh News & Observer, check out this link.

Is his top 10 list snarky or cerebral or both? I can't decide if he was an asshole or a saint.


  1. Hmmm. . . I don't know about your question there, but I love the The Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs. The Stand is still one of my all time favs, and I don't even care for Stephen King all that much. I don't know if his list is serious or not, but it sure is interesting. :-)


  2. I did not even know who he was until I saw Chris' post today, but I am saddened by the early death of anyone. His life was all too brief.

  3. I knew he's a writer but have never read his works. Maybe he couldn't extract from his plot? It's sad whenever someone dies undeservedly young.

  4. I'm with you and Carl -- didn't know his work (except for familiarity with one title) but I think it's so, so sad when a writer takes his own life.

  5. I've not read him either--I'm not sure his books are my cup of tea 9though you never know!), but I thought it was very sad to hear this news. He must really have been struggling with depression. How terrible for his family!

  6. His reading list made me laugh, and it's definitely something he'd come up with. He hated pretension, so I'm not at all surprised he'd compile a list like that. I guess you'd have to be familiar with his work to understand. He was making fun of the guy who asked him to make the list, as well as people who list books that only make them look well-read (Anna Karenina, Ulysses, Gravity's Rainbow, etc.). What's funnier is that the article writer throught he was serious.

    He was being snarky, but in a self-deprecating way. He knew he was expected to come up with some big, serious books, like most people do, and did the exact opposite.


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