Literature

D.T. Max: Every Biography Is A Love Story

From D.T. Max’s forthcoming (September 1st) biography of David Foster Wallace, Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story; from Wallace’s letter to Jonathan Franzen’s editor after reading the latter’s first novel, The Twenty-Seventh City:

“I’m having a lot of trouble with my own stuff right now, and this book, a freaking first novel, seems so much more sophisticated than anything I could do plot-wise, so precocious in its marriage of theme and character and verisimilitude and phantasm, so simultaneously wild and controlled, that I found myself hugging criticisms of it to myself in unabashed self-defense (a subspecies of envy).”

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