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An extraordinary writer,
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This review is from: Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace (Hardcover)
I only came to DFW 2 yrs ago and having read BIWHM I went straight to Oblivion along with his non-fiction, A supposedly fun thing. He is, of course, a great writer; his blow-you-away intelligence, wit, charm and, for me, above all, his interrogative spirit places him in the top echelon of writers seeking to do more than entertain. Reading Max's biography was fascinating as he chips away at the `statue' that resides in the minds of some DFW fans. That is not to say this is a mean biography, far from it; Max gives the reader an unabashed, yet respectful view of the man, letting the `facts' for the most parts speak for themselves - though, as if with other reviewers, I would have like to have been engaged with a little more reflection and commentary, particularly regarding his mental illness that led to such a terrible end. Nonetheless we get to see something of the life of the man driven for most of his life to write, ask the big questions and bravely attempt to seek their answers through his art. Be prepared for surprising revelations about his personal life, but then not really surprising... he put more than a toe in the water and brought back some stunning insights. I have The Broom of the System and Girl with Curious Hair winging their way to me as I write - ground-pleasure before the massive ascent of Infinite Jest. Thank you David Foster Wallace. And thank you D T Max.