It’s hard to know what to say when a literary luminary leaves us far too soon. Perhaps letting David Foster Wallace speak his own words is the better option. The reading below was given at a celebration in honor of the 125th anniversary of Harper’s Magazine.
One of the authors whose works I most admire died last Friday. In the New York Times obituary, Bruce Weber noted that David Foster Wallace wrote “. . . prodigiously observant, exuberantly plotted, grammatically and etymologically challenging, philosophically probing and culturally hyper-contemporary novels, stories and essays . . .”
Upon learning of an author’s death, librarians often honor a writer by displaying a collection of his or her works. I checked our catalog, and every D.F.W. book we own was circulating. Here, then, is an electronic display of my favorite D.F.W. books.
Though published only on the internet, D.F.W.’s 2005 Kenyon College Commencement Address shines.
One more link — Harper’s Magazine has opened their D.F.W. archives for even non-subscribers to read D.F.W.’s contributions.