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David Foster Wallace RIP

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Brad
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0 posted 09-14-2008 06:18 AM       View Profile for Brad   Email Brad   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Brad

At 46, Wallace committed suicide.

I don't know what to say. I just found out from a friend. He was drunk, shocked, and called me. His words are probably best:

"He was the best writer of our generation."

As some of you know, I wrote a poem about a group of his essays.

This is a big one -- and personal.

[This message has been edited by Brad (09-14-2008 06:57 AM).]

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1 posted 09-14-2008 05:52 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

My condolescences, Brad. I do not know his work but, if he has your respect, that's good enough for me.

So many talented people have taken that route. Perhaps true creators of beauty cannot handle the ugliness of reality....beats me. It's a sad loss....
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Infinite Jest

There are no words to describe the feeling of losing someone who had such a profound effect on you. You are in my thoughts Brad. I will pray for his family who now must begin a lifetime of asking 'why?'

So sad.
Huan Yi
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3 posted 09-18-2008 09:22 PM       View Profile for Huan Yi   Email Huan Yi   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Huan Yi

.

Yet why did he take his own life?


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Midnitesun
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quote:
In the November 2007 issue of The Atlantic, which commemorated the magazine's 150th anniversary, an invited series of authors, artists, politicians and others were asked to prepare 300 words or so on "the future of the American idea". Wallace asked whether some things were still worth dying for, and presented a "thought experiment" in which "we decided that a certain baseline vulnerability to terrorism is part of the price of the American idea." He goes on to say that we might have to accept that every now and then "a democratic republic cannot 100% protect itself [from terrorism] without subverting the very principles that made it worth protecting." By comparison, he continues, we accept the 40,000 highway deaths each year as the price we pay for the convenience of the motor car. Finally, he asks, in the context of Guantanamo Bay, the Patriot Act, and warrantless wiretapping, "Have we become so selfish and scared that we don't even want to consider whether some things trump safety?"

(This is from Wikipedia files)
RIP. How very tragic, and my condolences to his wife, family, and all the students he taught.
And Brad, my heartfelt condolences to you as well.  

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"we accept the 40,000 highway deaths each year as the price we pay for the convenience of the motor car."


Because they're the results of "accidents".
Could we accept 40,000 deaths as the
results of terrorism?
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oceanvu2
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Brad -- I can't fathom it either.  I dip often into Infinite Jest for the sheer brilliance of the language, and take the title to heart.  It is all an Infinite Jest, but I wish he had felt a need to continue on.

Jim
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He was ill.  Depression is a disease.  The meds didn't work anymore.  The electroconvulsive shock therapy didn't work.  He was ill.

It shouldn't be thought any other kind of death than illness.
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An appropriate and sensitive comment, LR.
 
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