David Foster Wallace hangs himself

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David Foster Wallace hangs himself

Postby jjoyce » Sat Sep 13, 2008 9:06 pm


I've been reading his thing on McCain this week.

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Postby Learned » Sat Sep 13, 2008 11:23 pm

This is horrible news.

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Postby Ducatista » Sat Sep 13, 2008 11:38 pm

Damn. I was expecting the "hangs himself" to be figurative.

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Postby blunt » Wed Sep 17, 2008 7:40 pm

An act of cowardice?
Or an infinite jest?
If there is one thing we should have power of attorney over, it's our own life.
Death is no big deal.
Nothing within this universe can disappear from it.
I'm either entering a new existence and will have to deal, or I'm out like a lightbulb-- so who would be left to care?
No, it's the pain inflicted by the method used that scares me.
Hanging would be icky.
(I'd rather not feel constricted in my final moments.
Or will we soon hear diagnosis of the Hutchence Syndrome?)
Was DW running from relationship or to oblivion?
Was it a reaction or a response?
Is psychic torment a requirement for art?
Who writes when they're happy?

People who I project cool smart hip excellence upon always startle me when they inevitably fail to live up to what I already know are my own projections of cool hip excellence upon them.
David Foster Wallace is one of those people.

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Postby spanky » Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:02 pm

blunt wrote:Who writes when they're happy?

Interesting question...

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