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8th Sep '13 2:53:40 PM MarkLungo
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An American writer and essayist of TheNineties and [[TurnOfTheMillennium the 2000s]].

Technically, he began writing in TheEighties; but he was in grad school at the time, so it doesn't count.

Wallace was known for his unique brand of literature, characterized by long, rambling sentences, subtle irony, and [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible complete incomprehensibility]]. His nonfiction is more accessible, but still full of epically long sentences and [[FootnoteFever footnotes]].

Within literary circles, he is most famous for his second novel, ''Literature/InfiniteJest'', which is about [[LotusEaterMachine a videotape that is so absorbing that anyone who sees it loses interest in sleep or food and eventually dies]].

His group of short stories all going by the title "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men" (four of which appear in his short story collection ''Brief Interviews With Hideous Men'' along with a bunch of other, unrelated stories) was adapted in 2008 by Jon Krasinski (aka Jim from ''TheOffice'') in his first foray into directing. Unfortunately, Wallace never saw it. After a long battle with severe depression, he committed suicide by hanging on September 12, 2008 at the age of 46.

Between DeadArtistsAreBetter and the fact that he wrote some of the most experimental fiction of his time, Wallace will, with JonathanFranzen (incidentally a good friend of his), likely be remembered as the premier American LitFic writer of the '90s and '00s, and (most likely) of Generation X more generally (with DaveEggers and ChuckPalahniuk coming in a distant third).

Bibliography
* ''Literature/TheBroomOfTheSystem'' (1987, novel)
* ''Girl with Curious Hair'' (1989, short story collection)
* ''Signifying Rappers: Rap and Race In the Urban Present'' (1990, co-written by Mark Costello. A non-fiction academic book about hip-hop. It often doesn't appear on DFW's bibliography pages because it isn't that good and Wallace [[OldShame admitted as much]]. Now out of print.)
* ''Literature/InfiniteJest'' (1996, novel)
* ''A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again'' (1997, essay collection). The "supposedly fun thing" is a seven-night cruise in the Caribbean. After reading the essay, you will either (a) never want to ''ever'' take a cruise or (b) want to take a cruise and document ''exactly'' the kinds of suffering that DFW did.
** Incidentally, the ship he sailed on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Zenith warrants an article]] on TheOtherWiki. Make of that what you will.
* ''Brief Interviews with Hideous Men'' (1999, short story collection)
* ''Up, Simba!'' (2000, account of DFW's time as a reporter about John [=McCain=]'s campaign bus during the 2000 presidential primaries)
* ''Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity '' (2003, book-length essay)
* ''Oblivion: Stories'' (2004, short story collection)
* ''Consider the Lobster'' (2005, essay collection)
* ''[=McCain's=] Promise: Aboard the Straight Talk Express with John [=McCain=] and a Whole Bunch of Actual Reporters, Thinking About Hope'' (2008, expanded paperback edition of ''Up, Simba!'')
* ''This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life'' (2009, book-length version of his commencement speech for Kenyon College in 2005. Released posthumously)
* ''ThePaleKing'' (2011, [[AuthorExistenceFailure published posthumously ]]. There's a [[http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/09/books/david-foster-wallace-and-the-pale-king.html?pagewanted=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha28 New York Times article]] that explains how the published version was completed from Wallace's extensive drafts and notes)
* ''Fate, Time and Language" (December 2010, his undergraduate philosophy thesis)
* ''Both Flesh and Not'' (2012, essay collection)

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!! David Foster Wallace's work contains:
* {{Doorstopper}}: His most famous work, the novel ''Literature/InfiniteJest'', is over a thousand pages long.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: ''Brief Interviews with Hideous Men''.
* FootnoteFever: His favorite technique. His footnotes frequently take up ''most of an entire page'', especially in his nonfiction. The method apparently developed when he was writing ''Infinite Jest'', where he needed to break up the narrative, but not too much. He chose the method of using endnotes, which developed into footnotes in his later works. The endnotes for ''Infinite Jest'' fill up over ''one hundred pages'', the length of some novels.
* NamelessNarrative: Most of the stories in ''Brief Interviews With Hideous Men''
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece[=/=]{{Zeerust}}: Most of his work can be pretty definitely placed in TheNineties. Even ''Infinite Jest'', which was supposed to take place TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture (probably around {{the new tens}}), manages to have this going.
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An American writer and essayist of TheNineties and [[TurnOfTheMillennium the 2000s]].

Technically, he began writing in TheEighties; but he was in grad school at the time, so it doesn't count.

Wallace was known for his unique brand of literature, characterized by long, rambling sentences, subtle irony, and [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible complete incomprehensibility]]. His nonfiction is more accessible, but still full of epically long sentences and [[FootnoteFever footnotes]].

Within literary circles, he is most famous for his second novel, ''Literature/InfiniteJest'', which is about [[LotusEaterMachine a videotape that is so absorbing that anyone who sees it loses interest in sleep or food and eventually dies]].

His group of short stories all going by the title "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men" (four of which appear in his short story collection ''Brief Interviews With Hideous Men'' along with a bunch of other, unrelated stories) was adapted in 2008 by Jon Krasinski (aka Jim from ''TheOffice'') in his first foray into directing. Unfortunately, Wallace never saw it. After a long battle with severe depression, he committed suicide by hanging on September 12, 2008 at the age of 46.

Between DeadArtistsAreBetter and the fact that he wrote some of the most experimental fiction of his time, Wallace will, with JonathanFranzen (incidentally a good friend of his), likely be remembered as the premier American LitFic writer of the '90s and '00s, and (most likely) of Generation X more generally (with DaveEggers and ChuckPalahniuk coming in a distant third).

Bibliography
* ''Literature/TheBroomOfTheSystem'' (1987, novel)
* ''Girl with Curious Hair'' (1989, short story collection)
* ''Signifying Rappers: Rap and Race In the Urban Present'' (1990, co-written by Mark Costello. A non-fiction academic book about hip-hop. It often doesn't appear on DFW's bibliography pages because it isn't that good and Wallace [[OldShame admitted as much]]. Now out of print.)
* ''Literature/InfiniteJest'' (1996, novel)
* ''A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again'' (1997, essay collection). The "supposedly fun thing" is a seven-night cruise in the Caribbean. After reading the essay, you will either (a) never want to ''ever'' take a cruise or (b) want to take a cruise and document ''exactly'' the kinds of suffering that DFW did.
** Incidentally, the ship he sailed on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Zenith warrants an article]] on TheOtherWiki. Make of that what you will.
* ''Brief Interviews with Hideous Men'' (1999, short story collection)
* ''Up, Simba!'' (2000, account of DFW's time as a reporter about John [=McCain=]'s campaign bus during the 2000 presidential primaries)
* ''Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity '' (2003, book-length essay)
* ''Oblivion: Stories'' (2004, short story collection)
* ''Consider the Lobster'' (2005, essay collection)
* ''[=McCain's=] Promise: Aboard the Straight Talk Express with John [=McCain=] and a Whole Bunch of Actual Reporters, Thinking About Hope'' (2008, expanded paperback edition of ''Up, Simba!'')
* ''This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life'' (2009, book-length version of his commencement speech for Kenyon College in 2005. Released posthumously)
* ''ThePaleKing'' (2011, [[AuthorExistenceFailure published posthumously ]]. There's a [[http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/09/books/david-foster-wallace-and-the-pale-king.html?pagewanted=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha28 New York Times article]] that explains how the published version was completed from Wallace's extensive drafts and notes)
* ''Fate, Time and Language" (December 2010, his undergraduate philosophy thesis)
* ''Both Flesh and Not'' (2012, essay collection)

----
!! David Foster Wallace's work contains:
* {{Doorstopper}}: His most famous work, the novel ''Literature/InfiniteJest'', is over a thousand pages long.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: ''Brief Interviews with Hideous Men''.
* FootnoteFever: His favorite technique. His footnotes frequently take up ''most of an entire page'', especially in his nonfiction. The method apparently developed when he was writing ''Infinite Jest'', where he needed to break up the narrative, but not too much. He chose the method of using endnotes, which developed into footnotes in his later works. The endnotes for ''Infinite Jest'' fill up over ''one hundred pages'', the length of some novels.
* NamelessNarrative: Most of the stories in ''Brief Interviews With Hideous Men''
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece[=/=]{{Zeerust}}: Most of his work can be pretty definitely placed in TheNineties. Even ''Infinite Jest'', which was supposed to take place TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture (probably around {{the new tens}}), manages to have this going.
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8th May '13 5:13:59 PM BokhuraBurnes
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* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: ''Brief Interviews with Hideous Men''.
24th Apr '13 11:27:23 PM karstovich2
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Between DeadArtistsAreBetter and the fact that he wrote some of the most experimental fiction of his time, Wallace will, with JonathanFranzen, likely be remembered as the premier American LitFic writer of the '90s and '00s, and (most likely) of Generation X more generally (with DaveEggers and ChuckPalahniuk coming in a distant third).

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Between DeadArtistsAreBetter and the fact that he wrote some of the most experimental fiction of his time, Wallace will, with JonathanFranzen, JonathanFranzen (incidentally a good friend of his), likely be remembered as the premier American LitFic writer of the '90s and '00s, and (most likely) of Generation X more generally (with DaveEggers and ChuckPalahniuk coming in a distant third).
8th Apr '13 5:22:25 PM Xtifr
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Within literary circles, he is most famous for his second novel, ''InfiniteJest'', which is about [[LotusEaterMachine a videotape that is so absorbing that anyone who sees it loses interest in sleep or food and eventually dies]].

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Within literary circles, he is most famous for his second novel, ''InfiniteJest'', ''Literature/InfiniteJest'', which is about [[LotusEaterMachine a videotape that is so absorbing that anyone who sees it loses interest in sleep or food and eventually dies]].



* ''InfiniteJest'' (1996, novel)

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* ''InfiniteJest'' ''Literature/InfiniteJest'' (1996, novel)



* {{Doorstopper}}: His most famous work, the novel ''InfiniteJest'', is over a thousand pages long.

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* {{Doorstopper}}: His most famous work, the novel ''InfiniteJest'', ''Literature/InfiniteJest'', is over a thousand pages long.
8th Apr '13 11:08:11 AM Fresison
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Anyway, Wallace was known for his unique brand of literature, characterized by long, rambling sentences, subtle irony, and [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible complete incomprehensibility]]. His nonfiction is more accessible, but still full of epically long sentences and [[FootnoteFever footnotes]].

Within literary circles, he is most famous for his second novel, ''{{Infinite Jest}},'' which is about [[LotusEaterMachine a videotape that is so absorbing that anyone who sees it loses interest in sleep or food and eventually dies]].

His group of short stories all going by the title "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men" (four of which appear in his short story collection ''Brief Interviews With Hideous Men'' along with a bunch of other, unrelated stories) was adapted in 2008 by Jon Krasinski (aka Jim from ''TheOffice'') in his first foray into directing. Unfortunately, Wallace never saw it. After a long battle with severe depression, he committed suicide by hanging on September 12, 2008, at the age of 46.

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Anyway, Wallace was known for his unique brand of literature, characterized by long, rambling sentences, subtle irony, and [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible complete incomprehensibility]]. His nonfiction is more accessible, but still full of epically long sentences and [[FootnoteFever footnotes]].

Within literary circles, he is most famous for his second novel, ''{{Infinite Jest}},'' ''InfiniteJest'', which is about [[LotusEaterMachine a videotape that is so absorbing that anyone who sees it loses interest in sleep or food and eventually dies]].

His group of short stories all going by the title "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men" (four of which appear in his short story collection ''Brief Interviews With Hideous Men'' along with a bunch of other, unrelated stories) was adapted in 2008 by Jon Krasinski (aka Jim from ''TheOffice'') in his first foray into directing. Unfortunately, Wallace never saw it. After a long battle with severe depression, he committed suicide by hanging on September 12, 2008, 2008 at the age of 46.



* {{Doorstopper}}: His most famous work, the novel ''InfiniteJest'', is over a thousand pages long. ''A thousand''.

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* {{Doorstopper}}: His most famous work, the novel ''InfiniteJest'', is over a thousand pages long. ''A thousand''.



* UnintentionalPeriodPiece[=/=]{{Zeerust}}: Most of his work can be pretty definitely placed in TheNineties. Even ''Infinite Jest'', which was supposed to take place TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture (probably around...well...[[TheNewTens now]]), manages to have this going.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece[=/=]{{Zeerust}}: Most of his work can be pretty definitely placed in TheNineties. Even ''Infinite Jest'', which was supposed to take place TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture (probably around...well...[[TheNewTens now]]), around {{the new tens}}), manages to have this going.
7th Apr '13 4:24:34 PM Xtifr
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* ''TheBroomOfTheSystem'' (1987, novel)

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* ''TheBroomOfTheSystem'' ''Literature/TheBroomOfTheSystem'' (1987, novel)
17th Nov '12 2:49:06 PM martinblank
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29th Apr '12 3:51:06 PM karstovich2
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece[=/=]{{Zeerust}}: Most of his work can be pretty definitely placed in TheNineties. Even ''Infinite Jest'', which was supposed to take place TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture (probably around...well...[[TheNewTens now]]), manages to have this going.
3rd Mar '12 9:01:10 PM TrustBen
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* NamelessNarrative: Most of the stories in ''Brief Interviews With Hideous Men''
3rd Mar '12 8:27:40 PM TrustBen
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* HarsherInHindsight: The short story "Good Old Neon" from the collection ''Oblivion'' details the life of an extremely intelligent and self-aware man who after a long struggle with depression commits suicide, including several paragraphs detailing his final decision to do so, his thoughts as he prepares, etc. Disturbing to begin with, really uncomfortable since Wallace's suicide after years of depression and failed treatments.
** "The Depressed Person" from the earlier collection ''Brief Interviews With Hideous Men'' has a similar effect. Although the character is a woman and an [[WhiteCollarWorker ordinary office worker]], you can, in hindsight, see very plainly that Wallace writes from his own personal experience. Since he was writing even earlier in his career, the story's ending--with the title character opening up to one person and then just leaving it there hanging--is all the more heartbreaking, as you start to think WhatCouldHaveBeen (and worse, what might have ''not'' been).
* HilariousInHindsight: There's a fair number of these in some of his nonfiction, but one that stands out to the political set is in this quote from "Getting Away From Pretty Much Already Being Away From It All" (collected in ''A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again''):
-->'''08/15/1730h.'''...Fifteen whole minutes both in- and outside the huge STATE COMPTROLLER [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roland_Burris ROLAND BURRIS]] tent fails to uncover the tent's function.
** And more generally, while describing the writing material available at the State Fair Gift Shop:
-->'''08/15/0620h.'''...All they had was a little kid's tablet with that weird soft gray paper and some kind of purple brontosaurus-type character named [[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney]] on the cover.
** "Up, Simba" follows the primary campaign of a politician who was staggering in his refreshing honesty, ability to get young people involved in politics, and promises of change. Meaning, of course, JohnMcCain.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: He's quite clear in his nonfiction, but in his fiction, less so.

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* HarsherInHindsight: The short story "Good Old Neon" from the collection ''Oblivion'' details the life of an extremely intelligent and self-aware man who after a long struggle with depression commits suicide, including several paragraphs detailing his final decision to do so, his thoughts as he prepares, etc. Disturbing to begin with, really uncomfortable since Wallace's suicide after years of depression and failed treatments.
** "The Depressed Person" from the earlier collection ''Brief Interviews With Hideous Men'' has a similar effect. Although the character is a woman and an [[WhiteCollarWorker ordinary office worker]], you can, in hindsight, see very plainly that Wallace writes from his own personal experience. Since he was writing even earlier in his career, the story's ending--with the title character opening up to one person and then just leaving it there hanging--is all the more heartbreaking, as you start to think WhatCouldHaveBeen (and worse, what might have ''not'' been).
* HilariousInHindsight: There's a fair number of these in some of his nonfiction, but one that stands out to the political set is in this quote from "Getting Away From Pretty Much Already Being Away From It All" (collected in ''A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again''):
-->'''08/15/1730h.'''...Fifteen whole minutes both in- and outside the huge STATE COMPTROLLER [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roland_Burris ROLAND BURRIS]] tent fails to uncover the tent's function.
** And more generally, while describing the writing material available at the State Fair Gift Shop:
-->'''08/15/0620h.'''...All they had was a little kid's tablet with that weird soft gray paper and some kind of purple brontosaurus-type character named [[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney]] on the cover.
** "Up, Simba" follows the primary campaign of a politician who was staggering in his refreshing honesty, ability to get young people involved in politics, and promises of change. Meaning, of course, JohnMcCain.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: He's quite clear in his nonfiction, but in his fiction, less so.
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