David Foster Wallace Dead of Suicide at 46

Oh, this is just awful:

David Foster Wallace, the novelist, essayist and humorist best known for his 1996 tome “Infinite Jest,” was found dead last night at his home in Claremont, according to the Claremont Police Department. He was 46.

Jackie Morales, a records clerk at the Claremont Police Department, said Wallace’s wife called police at 9:30 p.m. Friday saying she had returned home to find her husband had hanged himself.

Wallace was my favorite writer, period.

Gawker has an excerpt of a 2005 speech at Kenyon College wherein Wallace talked about suicide.

Saturday, 13 September 2008