Saturday, December 20, 2008

RIP DFW, mind bender with an intellectual conscience

from the ny times magazine article:

Wallace was especially concerned that certain theoretical paradigms β€” the cerebral aestheticism of modernism, the clever trickery of postmodernism β€” too casually dispense with what he once called β€œthe very old traditional human verities that have to do with spirituality and emotion and community.”

his writing dealt with mania, suicide, addiction and obsession with more humor and finesse than anyone else i've read. but this post-mortem turns him into a staunch protector of old truths. not that the two are mutually incompatible. i guess for us survivors it's nice to be reminded that in the end we're all just human beings with human values.


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