Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Shipping Out: Goodbye, David Foster Wallace

On Monday, I read with shock the passing of David Foster Wallace, surely one of most brilliant writers in America. Rarely do I react to the deaths of people I don't know. I can count the times I've cried over the death of someone famous on one hand. George Harrison. Maybe a tear for Kurt Cobain, since I was 19 at the time and it cut deeply. Kurt Vonnegut.

And now, heartbreak over David Foster Wallace. Shipping Out was my first encounter with his amazing grammatical skills and incredible humor. If you haven't read it, you owe it to yourself to sit down and read it Right Now. And then read some more. (if you have trouble downloading Shipping Out, it's clickable on this link)


Nymeth said...

Yes...Kurt Vonnegut.

I thought of your when I heard the news. I've yet to read him, but I suspect that I'll love him when I do. This is so sad.

Carl V. said...

I'm sorry for you. I've read about this on a lot of blogs but yours is one of the few where it was mentioned that there was a strong personal connection. It is hard to lose people we admire, much more so when their death is tragically early in what should be a long life. I've had a few people die like that...celebrities of one sort or another...that have really saddened me in that way. Jim Henson was a big one. Brian Daley, who wrote some of the first science fiction books that I ever read. Colleen Dewhurst and Richard Farnsworth, both of whom I fell deeply in love with because of multiple viewings of Anne of Green Gables. I know some day that authors that I adore will pass on and that day, the day the stories truly end, will be a very very difficult day.

Daphne said...

Thank you, Carl and Nymeth... of course I didn't know him personally but his writing was so wonderful and always brought joy to me when I had time to read his amazing essays.