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Zwiefel
05-13-2013, 09:38 PM
http://youtu.be/PhhC_N6Bm_s

That must be one of the longer thread titles around here...

Dardeau
05-13-2013, 09:43 PM
I really want to read the David foster Wallace biography. Not as much as I want David foster Wallace to still be with us making us laugh and think.

Zwiefel
05-13-2013, 09:50 PM
Never heard of him before...no idea who he is beyond the guy speaking in that video.

Dardeau
05-14-2013, 12:59 PM
He won the Pulitzer in the 90s for a book called 'Infinite Jest'. He had a longstanding battle with depression and committed suicide in '01 (I think). He was very funny, thoughtful, and insightful as an author.

Zwiefel
05-14-2013, 01:17 PM
I read up on him at Wikipedia after your last comment...and added Inifinite Jest to my reading list. It was apparently compared to "the world accordig to garp" and "V."...which I'm fond of. thanks for the pointer!

mhlee
05-14-2013, 01:19 PM
He also wrote one of the most thoughtful and interesting works about food I've ever read.

http://www.gourmet.com/magazine/2000s/2004/08/consider_the_lobster

He committed suicide in 2008. I only read the article after reading about his death. He was, from what I understood, well known for his use of footnotes as part of his writing style, and, although I haven't read much of his works beyond this, he writings show great thought and insight.

Zwiefel
05-14-2013, 01:28 PM
He also wrote one of the most thoughtful and interesting works about food I've ever read.

http://www.gourmet.com/magazine/2000s/2004/08/consider_the_lobster

He committed suicide in 2008. I only read the article after reading about his death. He was, from what I understood, well known for his use of footnotes as part of his writing style, and, although I haven't read much of his works beyond this, he writings show great thought and insight.

Thanks! I'll check that out.

Also, he said his purpose in using footnotes in his fiction was to break -up the linearity of the story telling, to make it more closely resemble our inner monologues. He said he would have put it all inline, but no one would have read it.

Dardeau
05-14-2013, 06:09 PM
I forgot about consider the lobster. I should go back and reread oblivion and consider the lobster. And thanks for the correction, I apparently pulled that year out of my ass.