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David Foster Wallace dead at 46

Posted by on Sat, Sep 13, 2008 at 10:21 PM

David Foster Wallace, one of the most gifted—and maddening—writers of his generation, died yesterday, apparently of a suicide, at his Claremont, Calif. home.

The AP announcement is here.

Although he wrote a massive, Pynchon-esque novel, Infinite Jest, Wallace was best read as a brilliantly digressive essayist, on topics including tennis, cruise ships, grammar and lobsters.  

I'm not a vegetarian, but his disquisition in Gourmet magazine on the ethics of boiling and eating crustaceans almost made me one.

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