The Arizona Desert Lamp

David Foster Wallace, RIP

Posted in Alumni by Evan Lisull on 14 September 2008

Tragic news from the LA Times today:

David Foster Wallace, the novelist, essayist and humorist best known for his 1996 novel “Infinite Jest,” was found dead Friday night at his home in Claremont, according to the Claremont Police Department. He was 46.

Jackie Morales, a records clerk at the department, said Wallace’s wife called police at 9:30 p.m. Friday saying she had returned home to find that her husband had hanged himself.

Foster Wallace received his MFA in Creative Writing from the UA in 1987, and along with Richard Russo was among the most famous Arizona alumni in the literary world. His writing style was unique (you know you’re good when people start parodying your style), engaging, and brought up perspective-changing questions on seemingly innocuous issues. While he was best known for his magnus opus Infinite Jest, much of his best work came in his essays– I recommend his classic “Consider the Lobster” [PDF] (a work I was fortunate to be exposed to here at the UA), “Roger Federer as Religious Experience“, and “Host“, an essay on the world of talk radio.


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