“You can’t dispose of David in 10,000 words,” says DT Max, explaining why his New Yorker profile of David Foster Wallace became a fully fledged biography
On the second floor of London’s Royal Festival Hall, New Yorker journalist DT Max is staring at the carpet. “David Foster Wallace would have had a unique way to describe it,” he says. “He’d be really touched by the stains. He had a hyper-attentiveness to detail. When you leave childhood, you are guided into thinking in a certain way. David always resisted that.”
David Foster Wallace sent a rip tide of shock through the literary world when he committed suicide in 2008. He was 46. A cult literary figure often photographed sporting long hair and a baseball cap, he was known ...
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