as you may have read, the writer David Foster Wallace died by his own hand on September 12. here is one of many remembrances and memorials.
DFW was, I suppose after reading the heaps of praise thrown in his direction lately, a brillian fiction writer.
I "suppose" because I havent' read any of his fiction – years ago I picked up "Infinite Jest" at Joseph-Beth's, but after reading a couple of footnote-heavy pages, put it back. can't quite handle footnoted fiction. at any rate, the loss is mine. and I cant' go and read it now, right after DFW's death. too disrespectful.
what I can say is that I've enjoyed DFW's non-fiction: I've read a few of his essays, and would like to read more. and thus comes the point of this post. to list where DFW's essays live in the big bit bucket in the sky, at hand to read.
Harper's magazine, which probably commissioned more of DFW's work that any other magazine, is now making available, for free (and for an unknown limited time) eleven of David Foster Wallace's essays. the most famous of these is Shipping Out: On the (nearly lethal) comforts of a luxury cruise.
Consider the lobster is one of DFW's best known essays; it was the title and lead of a book collection. it was first published and it is made available by Gourmet magazine.
back in 2000, Rolling Stone had DFW traveling alongside John McCain during his primary campaign for the Republican nomination. the result was The weasel, twelve monkeys and the shrub – recently expanded and published as a book, McCain's Promise: Aboard the Straight Talk Express with John McCain and a Whole Bunch of Actual Reporters, Thinking About Hope