David Foster Wallace 1962-2008

David Foster Wallace was found hanged by his wife Karen on Friday, aged only 46. Apparently he struggled with depression for over 20 years, a period that saw him unleash some of the most significant novels and short stories of his generation. Nobody else I’ve read manages to combine humour, intelligence and such a definitively fresh voice so effortlessly and inclusively. To quote Ian Dury, what a waste. A film version of Brief Interviews with Hideous Men is heading for cinemas soon, I hope it serves his memory well.

Tributes from Salon and NYT.

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