Read 30 Free Essays & Stories by David Foster Wallace on the 5th Anniversary of His Death

800px-David_Foster_WallaceLet me start with the first lines that appeared in The New York Times five years ago: “David Foster Wallace, whose prodigiously observant, exuberantly plotted, grammatically and etymologically challenging, philosophically probing and culturally hyper-contemporary novels, stories and essays made him an heir to modern virtuosos like Thomas Pynchon and Don DeLillo, an experimental contemporary of William T. Vollmann, Mark Leyner and Nicholson Baker and a clear influence on younger tour-de-force stylists like Dave Eggers and Jonathan Safran Foer, died on Friday at his home in Claremont, Calif. He was 46.” It’s not your conventional obituary. No, it has a literary style befitting the writer we lost on September 12, 2008. And five years after DFW’s death, we might want to pause and revisit his many stories and essays still available on the web. To mark this mournful occasion, we’ve updated and expanded our list, 30 Free Essays & Stories by David Foster Wallace on the Web, which features some timely and memorable pieces – “9/11: The View From the Midwest,” “Consider the Lobster,” and Federer as Religious Experience,” just to name just a few. Below we’ve also highlighted some of our favorite David Foster Wallace posts published over the years. Hope you enjoy visiting or revisiting this material as much as I have.

David Foster Wallace’s 1994 Syllabus: How to Teach Serious Literature with Lightweight Books

‘This Is Water’: Complete Audio of David Foster Wallace’s Kenyon Graduation Speech (2005)

David Foster Wallace Breaks Down Five Common Word Usage Mistakes in English

David Foster Wallace: The Big, Uncut Interview (2003)

Visit the David Foster Wallace Audio Archive



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  1. miriam lozada says . . . | September 13, 2013 / 5:28 am

    Thank you for this!

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