Saturday, September 13, 2008

David Foster Wallace

David Foster Wallace, novelist, short story writer, essayist and teacher, found dead at age 46 at his home in Claremont, California.

Damn.

from the LA Times:

Wallace, who had taught creative writing at Pomona College since 2002, was on leave this semester.

Times book editor David Ulin was in New York City for a National Book Critics Circle Board meeting Saturday.

"What was a party is now a wake," Ulin said as the news of Wallace's death circulated. "People were speechless and just blown away.

"He was one of the most influential and innovative writers of the last 20 years," Ulin said.

"He is one of the main writers who brought ambition, a sense of play, a joy in storytelling and an exuberant experimentalism of form back to the novel in the late '80s and early 1990s," Ulin said. "And he really restored the notion of the novel as a kind of canvas on which a writer can do anything."


Damn.

4 comments:

Sara said...

When I saw this news piece on Yahoo, I went right to you website, Lisa. I knew you would have a post.

Rebel Girl said...

hey Sara! Is that the Sara I think it is? Leah's sister? Hope all is well.

Sad news indeed.

Sara said...

Yes, Rebel Girl, it's ME! Getting rained out in Illinois with the remnants of IKE.

Erica said...

Heartbreaking.

 
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