This is a blow. I’ve read only his nonfiction and have tremendous respect for it. The TV essay, the yacht essay, and the porn essay especially.
Here are some David Foster Wallace words that have been big for me this year (from “E. Unibus Pluram”):
“And make no mistake: irony tyrannizes us. The reason why our pervasive cultural irony is at once so powerful and so unsatisfying is that an ironist is impossible to tie down.”
The quote and the essay have served as my go-to reminder to avoid messy, directionless irony.
The best thing is to go back and read Wallace’s work, but it did me good to watch this interview (about half-way into the long video).