David Foster Wallace

September 12, 2010
(was 08.23.2009)

When David Foster Wallace committed suicide in September of 2008, there was a tsunami of grief. Readers, writers and critics poured out their sorrows in print and online. If you hadn't been paying attention for all the love for DFW, the response might have caught you by surprise. Wallace's hyper-intimate, cerebral writing style and his witty, sincere persona made him a spokesperson for his generation. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, the life and work of David Foster Wallace.

  1. D.T. Max on "Infinite Jest"

    Wallace's creative struggles with the novel he left unfinished.

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  2. David Foster Wallace on "Oblivion"

    An excerpt from one of TTBOOK's interviews with David Foster Wallace, recorded in 2004.

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  3. David Foster Wallace on "Infinite Jest"

    A section from a 1996 TTBOOK interview with David Foster Wallace about his great novel, "Infinite Jest".

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  4. David Lipsky on the Last Days of David Foster Wallace

    An editor at Rolling Stone spent a week with David Foster Wallace in 1996.

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  5. Michael Pietsch on "The Pale King"

    Michael Pietsch was David Foster Wallace's editor since the early 90s.

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  6. David Foster Wallace on "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again"

    David Foster Wallace reads from his essay.

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  7. Amy Wallace-Havens on Her Brother

    She talks about growing up with her brother and living without him now.

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  8. David Foster Wallace Delivering "This is Water"

    An excerpt from the commencement speech David Foster Wallace gave at Kenyon College in 2005.

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