Thursday, March 19, 2009

DFW questions


The author of a recent magazine profile of David Foster Wallace answers readers' questions. (New Yorker/Kottke/photo by Eric Chu)

Was it emotional for you to write this piece? It was heartbreaking to read.
Tess B.
New York, N.Y.

This was a very upsetting article to write. What was worst of all was the feeling that the ending didn’t have to be the ending that was, that either a different therapist or a different drug combination might have stabilized Wallace. Some suicides seem destined, but I never felt this was true of Wallace. He had lived with depression for so long, wasn’t he used to it by now? I felt I might just as easily be writing about a living David Foster Wallace as a dead one.

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