D.T. Max has a 10,000 word essay in the latest New Yorker on the life of David Foster Wallace. It breaks new ground on several fronts. Most notably, interviews with his wife Karen Green and excerpts and detail on his third novel that he did not finish. Max suggests that Wallace’s inability to complete novel #3 weighed on him to the point where he wondered whether the anti-depressants were hindering his creativity. This contributed to him going off Nardil, which was the beginning of the end.
Here’s one quote along the way that jumped out at me:
There’s a lot of wisdom there. Someone’s qualities as a human being mattering more than their technical ability or special talents.
Here’s another DFW quote from his interview with Larry McCaffery in 1993:
And here are all the articles I’ve read tagged David Foster Wallace.