The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace

D.T. Max sets out to chart David Foster Wallace’s tormented, anguished and often triumphant battle to succeed as a novelist as he fights off depression and addiction to emerge with his masterpiece, Infinite Jest, before his untimely death by suicide at the age of 46 in 2008.

David Foster Wallace was one of the most innovative and influential authors of the last twenty-five years, a writer whose distinctive style and example not only changed the way a generation wrote but also how it lived. In his biography, Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace , Max gives readers a glimpse into the brilliant mind of David Foster Wallace and provides insight into both his genius and his struggle to stay sane.

D.T. Max is currently a staff writer for The New Yorker and has worked as a journalist and editor at publications ranging from The New York Observer to Elle. Max’s long essay on David Foster Wallace, “The Unfinished: David Foster Wallace’s struggle to Surpass Infinite Jest,” was published in the March 9, 2009 issue.

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