Sunday, September 14, 2008

Author of "Infinite Jest" Found Dead

I was unfamiliar with the work of David Foster Wallace, professor of English at Pomona College who was apparently best known for the 1000 page novel "Infinite Jest."  I suppose comparing someone to Thomas Pynchon is intended to be complimentary, but I know I was never able to finish Gravity's Rainbow.  However, one reviewer refers to the overall effect as "something like a sleek Vonnegut chassis wrapped in layers of post-millennial Zola."  I'd be excited about that prospect if I knew anything about Zola.

The death appears to have been a suicide.  Anybody know more about the author, want to say a few words?

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