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2008-09-13 09:59:50 PM
I love his work.
A Broom of the System should be required reading.
 
2008-09-13 10:11:07 PM
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again should be required reading for anyone thinking of going on a cruise.

/Dug his work.
 
2008-09-13 10:20:37 PM
unremarkable asterisk: A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again should be required reading for anyone thinking of going on a cruise.

/Dug his work.


One of the best essays I have ever read. The part about the toilet flushing was awe-inspiring.
 
2008-09-13 10:23:11 PM
Something tells me this is going to be one HELL of a long obituary.
 
2008-09-13 10:38:17 PM
pleaseleavemebe: Something tells me this is going to be one HELL of a long obituary.

The footnotes will be longer than the obit!


alacoco: One of the best essays I have ever read. The part about the toilet flushing was awe-inspiring.

Agreed, and his essays/short-stories were quite good.
 
2008-09-13 10:40:12 PM
Anyone here honestly read "infinite Jest" in its entirety?
 
2008-09-13 10:50:34 PM
HappyHarryHardOn: Anyone here honestly read "infinite Jest" in its entirety?

I had it checked out from the library, but didn't get around to start it. I'm a horribly slow reader, so there is no way I could get through it all with a library book (even with multiple renewals).
 
2008-09-13 11:35:58 PM
HappyHarryHardOn: Anyone here honestly read "infinite Jest" in its entirety?

I did, but it took me 3 days.
 
2008-09-13 11:53:29 PM
HappyHarryHardOn: Anyone here honestly read "infinite Jest" in its entirety?

I've read it a couple of times and always love it. I've taught some of his short stories and essays in the past, and I've always wanted to build a class around IJ and its allusions.


This one hurts.
 
2008-09-14 12:26:04 AM
I'm going to go climb Mt. Dilaudid, or perhaps synthesize some DMT in my stomach. I ate this! I ate this!

Eff you, you selfish bastard.
 
2008-09-14 12:35:13 AM
HappyHarryHardOn: Anyone here honestly read "infinite Jest" in its entirety?

twice
 
2008-09-14 12:36:04 AM
fark
 
2008-09-14 12:49:26 AM
pleaseleavemebe: Something tells me this is going to be one HELL of a long obituary.

It wouldn't be that long, except that there will be a ton of footnotes. And those notes will also have footnotes.
 
2008-09-14 12:54:14 AM
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2008-09-14 01:14:06 AM
I wrote this in another DFW thread, but I'll say it again here.

I won't presume to know his mindset, but most people who kill themselves are depressed. Depression is extremely treatable. If you're dealing with depression, please tell someone and get help. Any suicide is a tragedy.

Damnit, damnit, damnit, David.
 
2008-09-14 01:29:07 AM
I'll have to check out his books as they seem right up my alley.

DblDad: I wrote this in another DFW thread, but I'll say it again here.

I won't presume to know his mindset, but most people who kill themselves are depressed. Depression is extremely treatable. If you're dealing with depression, please tell someone and get help. Any suicide is a tragedy.

Damnit, damnit, damnit, David.


Very VERY true.

/speaks from experience
 
2008-09-14 02:04:58 AM
I never read Infinite Jest, but I have a copy of Remember The Lobster. I only read a little bit of it; perhaps I should check out more.
 
2008-09-14 02:11:28 AM
The Glass Dragon: I never read Infinite Jest, but I have a copy of Remember The Lobster. I only read a little bit of it; perhaps I should check out more.

The essay called "Up, Simba" is great; DFW followed John McCain around for the 2000 race and wrote about his insights into his character.
 
2008-09-14 02:12:44 AM
Very very sad.

Depression is extremely treatable. If you're dealing with depression, please tell someone and get help. Any suicide is a tragedy.

Deserves repeating.
 
2008-09-14 02:36:09 AM
HappyHarryHardOn: Anyone here honestly read "infinite Jest" in its entirety?

Yes. All 1,079 pages, including end notes. I also read Broom of the System, three of his short story collections, and A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again. The man was a farking genius, and I'm having a bit of trouble dealing with his death.
 
2008-09-14 02:42:03 AM
DblDad:
I won't presume to know his mindset, but most people who kill themselves are depressed. Depression is extremely treatable. If you're dealing with depression, please tell someone and get help. Any suicide is a tragedy.


Agreed. This is terrible news.
 
2008-09-14 02:57:08 AM
HappyHarryHardOn: Anyone here honestly read "infinite Jest" in its entirety?

Yes1I2did3.

1Loved it.
2First person singular, meaning the person responding to you.
3Past tense.
 
2008-09-14 03:08:02 AM
RIP DFW, 1962 - Year of Dairy Products from the American Heartland
 
2008-09-14 03:11:00 AM
I've had Infinite Jest on the backburner for a few months waiting to go back to it, and have read other books of his too. This definitely comes out of left field, but I don't know if I can say it's a total shock. Signs of depression or just being "too fragile for this world" definitely pop up in his work, and I can see some of the troubled, hyper-intellectual thing going on. Still it is a definite surprise and very much a loss for the literary world, and the world in general. Definitely extremely sad news.
 
2008-09-14 03:48:07 AM
And so but this is one hell of a sad moment.

/read IJ completely at least 5 times, will most certainly start again, stat
 
2008-09-14 04:05:01 AM
DblDad: I wrote this in another DFW thread, but I'll say it again here.

I won't presume to know his mindset, but most people who kill themselves are depressed. Depression is extremely treatable. If you're dealing with depression, please tell someone and get help. Any suicide is a tragedy.

Damnit, damnit, damnit, David.


That would work, except when you're suicidal, you usually feel as though there's no reason to keep trying, that there's no point in getting help, no one is going to want to help you anyway, and that life is just too much of a burden to bear any longer. Depression is agony; suicidal ideation is that moment at which you realize the agony will be never-ending and death will be a relief.

Been there, tried that, six times so far. I can't say it's not selfish, but only if shooting yourself when you're neck deep in sulfuric acid is selfish.
 
2008-09-14 04:14:47 AM
Isn't this the guy who shot Lennon?
 
2008-09-14 04:16:27 AM
I have never read Infinite Jest (I'll check it out...) but it looks to be very similar to Danielewski's House of Leaves, which I enjoyed immensely.
 
2008-09-14 04:27:58 AM
Goodnight, good writer man.
 
2008-09-14 05:32:54 AM
Dumbear: And so but this is one hell of a sad moment.

You beat me to it. Nice one.

I am feeling this a lot more deeply than I would like. RIP.
 
2008-09-14 07:49:09 AM
fnoof fnoof
 
2008-09-14 08:23:33 AM
HappyHarryHardOn: Anyone here honestly read "infinite Jest" in its entirety?

I'm actually 1/3 of the way through it right now, on recommendation from a friend. It's taken me since 5 weeks to wade this far. It's good, don't get me wrong, but dense and almost exhausting to read much of in one sitting.

Plus reading before bedtime means I get through a paragraph before falling asleep.
 
2008-09-14 08:36:07 AM
jghanc: HappyHarryHardOn: Anyone here honestly read "infinite Jest" in its entirety?

Yes1I2did3.

1Loved it.
2First person singular, meaning the person responding to you.
3Past tense.


Thanks for all the replies from everybody , I think this farker above kind of symbolized why i didnt make it till the end, yet this Wallace had an undeniable style that did draw me in, but you needed some patience, i guess
 
2008-09-14 09:05:47 AM
So sad...
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2008-09-14 09:24:15 AM
That the death of a great American novelist only garners one fifth as much attention as some tired, shiatty Saturday Night Live skit makes me very, very sad.
 
2008-09-14 09:34:04 AM
God, this makes me sad. I read Infinite Jest in its entirety, though I had to have the condensed OED and a Latin-English dictionary siting right beside me to do it, not to mention cobbling together a timeline so I could figure out what was happening when and a friggin' visio doc of all the relationships. My copy is stuffed with marginalia. Loved Broom of the System as well.

Could talented, interesting people stop tagging out, please?
 
2008-09-14 09:55:30 AM
Hunter Thompson, Vonnegut, DFW. All my favorites gone. Sad day.

/unable to form complete sentences
//knows a thing or three about depression
 
2008-09-14 09:55:54 AM
bummer. havent tried IJ yet, but the short stories, especially 'supposedly fun thing...' made me laugh and also improved my vocabulary.

we need all the proudly intellectual people we can muster.

/and so it goes
 
2008-09-14 09:59:16 AM
Doug LaSada MS: Hunter Thompson, Vonnegut, DFW. All my favorites gone. Sad day.

/unable to form complete sentences
//knows a thing or three about depression



This. So much this.
 
2008-09-14 10:18:26 AM
This is as sad as when Hunter S. Thompson killed himself, but DFW was only 46 and had so much more he could have done. I've read everything he's written, some works multiple times. Loved his style and he was said to be an amazing teacher, as well. The only writer who could make a long literary review of a dictionary and historical word battles interesting.

To the person who brought up House of Leaves - it is a somewhat similar method, though HoL used the footnotes in a calculated manner to raise the sub-narratives to higher prominence as Johnny Truant gets more crazy and brings himself to more of a focal point in the story. DFW used the footnotes as a way of writing stream of consciousness while setting the tangents off from the actual story. Good call on HoL being a great book, though.
 
2008-09-14 10:36:03 AM
Donald_McRonald: RIP DFW, 1962 - Year of Dairy Products from the American Heartland

Win.
 
2008-09-14 10:48:07 AM
NOT A HATER but I have always thought he was pulling a practical joke on the literary establishment.

Maybe he got tired of people not getting the joke.


(Reminds of Tom Robbins. You read his stuff as a kid and think its
just wild but when you re-read it as an adult you realize it's a
lot of pretentious bs.)
 
2008-09-14 11:51:18 AM
What awful news to find first thing in the morning. Reading 'Infinite Jest' to the end (footnotes included -- and they *are* necessary reading) is a difficult task but it's very rewarding, especially if you want to get a better understanding of addiction in its various forms.

A game of Eschaton, anyone?
 
2008-09-14 01:01:41 PM
HappyHarryHardOn: Anyone here honestly read "infinite Jest" in its entirety?

Yeah, twice. I still wonder if I understand what the hell happened.

I'm bummed.
 
2008-09-14 01:54:53 PM
images1.fanpop.com

The wrong David Wallace?

/link it like it's hot
 
2008-09-14 01:59:54 PM
HappyHarryHardOn Anyone here honestly read "infinite Jest" in its entirety?

Got through almost 300 pages and got really tired of being introduced to so many different characters who had nothing to do with each other. I kept waiting for the "aha!" moment and I just lost steam. When we ran out of toilet paper during TS Isadore in NOLA, we literally used a chunk of the endnotes for days.

Admittedly, I was only 19 and would probably appreciate it now being older and a more active reader.
 
2008-09-14 02:20:18 PM
I wept.
 
2008-09-14 02:30:17 PM
2008 has been quite the year for week-ruining deaths, huh? George Carlin, Robert Asprin, E. Gary Gygax, Arthur C. Clarke, Stan Winston, Heath Ledger and now David Foster Wallace.

does Death need a hug or something?
 
2008-09-14 04:20:15 PM
I always loved The Doors.
 
2008-09-14 08:36:45 PM
He was right about Mr. Pibb. Dr. Pepper is not a substitute. Rest in Peace.
 
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