In my grad studies, I recently became acquainted with his unfinished novel, The Pale King. The more I learn about his work and life, the greater my sadness becomes. However, I do feel like the last person to arrive at an event right when the guests are reaching for their coats.
David, i'm sorry that you left this world far too soon. That sad day that you passed, you took a lil piece of our hearts with you. Maybe with that, you will write a masterpiece wherever you are. I hope you have found peace now and i hope that your family and others close to you will someday be able to come to grips with such a great loss. You and i may have never met, but you have changed my life and i cannot thank you enough. With Adoration, S.A. Lewis
My deepest condolences to Dave's wife, family, and friends. I'm sorry that I knew him only through his writing. That was enough, though, for me to consider him a kindred spirit. His loss is ours, and it is great indeed.
As a former Berkeley English major, I can say that David Foster Wallace had one of the most unique and intriguing writing styles in modern fiction. I loved your stuff, David, and will miss reading more of it!
DFW had a most profound effect on my life. After reluctantly signing up for a Creative Writing class in 2001 at Illinois State University, I showed up to class on day one to see him in a Nirvana t-shirt and ripped jean shorts. Turns out he wasn't even supposed to be teaching the class, but had to take it on at the last minute due to the grad student who was supposed to teach the class dropping out.
Although I had no idea who he was (really, not a clue), I'd find out later just how many of my peers had tried and tried to get into one of his classes with no luck. And here I was, lucky enough to be in a room with 10 classmates and DFW, twice a week for an entire semester. He brought out creativity in me that I never knew I had.
Add to all this, we all showed up to his class on September 11, 2001 and stayed to talk, discuss, share, or just sit quietly. It was a most appropriate setting to absorb the events of that morning.
I am extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to work with him, and he stands out as one the most memorable mentors I've ever had. He touched many many lives, and his legacy will live on.
My hope that DFW has found some peace, and my thoughts go out to his wife and family. He was a tremendous talent and will be sorely missed.
infinite jest got me through a lonely summer when i was still figuring out which path to take in life. thank you for that, dfw, and may you be at peace.
My deepest sympathy to the family and friends.
what a loss, such a magnificent man, u will b missed greatly
Our sympathies to all who loved David. May you find comfort in your precious memories and solace in "the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort." (2 Cor 1:3,4)
I'm not exaggerating when I say that DFW changed my outlook on life. If you haven't read his 2005 commencement speech he gave at Kenyon University, go read it now. It's simply magnificent. Many times I've reminded myself to consider the thoughtful insights he offers in that speech. I've been putting off reading "Infinite Jest" for some time, but will go pick it up tomorrow and get started.
RIP, DFW. The world is a lesser place without the anticipation of your next book or essay.
"This is the nature of genius, to be able to grasp the knowable even when no one else recognizes that it is present." ~Deepak Chopra
My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
His writing was daring - sad to hear of his passing.
David you will be truly missed. May the God of all comforts, comfort your family left behind, and may God hold you in His memory. Psalms 83:18
REST IN PEACE DAVIDE FOSTER WALLACE
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.