He Was Genius. This Is Water.

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I only recently discovered the US writer David Foster Wallace, through a recommendation on this very site, but quickly became addicted. I found him brilliant, exhausting and frequently maddening. Exhausting because of the insane Richard Dadd-like detail he poured into his writing, maddening because the the tangents he flew off into when you sometimes wanted him to keep to the damn subject at hand, and brilliant because, you know, the words.

The author of many superb essays and the novel ‘Infinite Jest’ killed himself at 46. At a college graduation ceremony he gave an address, part of which was turned into a short film. This is the film.

3 comments on “He Was Genius. This Is Water.”

  1. Helen Martin says:

    When I was stopped, bullied and fined by a security guard on the Skytrain, a kind lady stopped me and said, “You have never tried to skip paying the fare, right? Remember that and don’t let that man own your day.” I remember that often and Wallace is saying much the same thing from a slightly different point of view. So simple but genius.

  2. Kris Ottoson says:

    Thanks so much for posting this. It’s easy to get bogged down and frustrated while reading David Foster Wallace. It’s impossible not to be surprised and enriched by his genius.

  3. Peter Arcane says:

    Spooky! That’s the 2nd time this week I’ve heard that water ‘analogy’.

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