I was shocked and saddened to hear of author David Foster Wallace’s apparent death by suicide this weekend. In my opinion, Wallace was one of our few contemporary writers whose work will stand the test of time to be read and studied fifty or a hundred years from now.
His famous 2005 commencement address at Kenyon College is a great introduction to his extraordinarily powerful and thoughtful prose voice (warning: bad language!). And in this political season, his 2000 Rolling Stone piece about John McCain merits your attention (warning: really bad language!), although it’s not very nice. There’s a brief, sweet summary of his work here.
Wallace suffered from depression for many years. If you’re reading this and you empathize, please take a look at this.