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.
A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments
Consider the Lobster and Other Essays
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.