Friday, October 10, 2008

David Foster Wallace

I hadn’t thought about David Foster Wallace very much until two things happened:

1. He killed himself
2. Neal Stephenson said he was “our best.”

Once these two events took place, I went out and procured a copy of Infinite Jest, which I just finished.

David Foster Wallace is brilliant to the point of absurdity. You need to read this book, and you need to start reading it today. Yes, it’s long, and yes, he goes off on too many tangents that detract from his supposed plot, but that’s okay because these tangents are absolutely fucking hysterical. He’s easily the most talented writer I’ve ever come across.

I couldn’t possibly recommend a book more highly.