David Foster Wallace, 1962-2008

By Natalie Gewargis

Sep 15, 2008 10:12am

A genius leaves this Earth1 too soon. 

If you haven’t yet read his brilliant 1996 Harper’s essay "Shipping Out,"2  you might want to take the time to do so today.

After all, this is water.3

- jpt

1. Tragically taking his own life, having suffered from depression for years.
2. Better known as "A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again"
3. A reference to the opening anecdote in the commencement address Wallace delivered at Kenyon College in 2005

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