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David Foster Wallace

Geburtstag: 21. Februar 1962
Todesdatum: 12. September 2008
Andere Namen: دايفيد والاس

David Foster Wallace war ein US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller und Hochschullehrer. Bekannt wurde er durch seinen 1996 veröffentlichten Roman Infinite Jest . Das Magazin Time zählt das Werk zu den wichtigsten englischsprachigen Romanen, die zwischen 1923 und 2005 erschienen sind. Wallace’ Leben war vom Kampf gegen seine schwere Depression und seine Alkoholabhängigkeit gekennzeichnet. Er nahm sich im Alter von 46 Jahren während einer schweren depressiven Episode das Leben.

David Ulin, Literaturkritiker der Los Angeles Times, nannte Wallace in einem Artikel nach dessen Suizid „einen der einflussreichsten und innovativsten Schriftsteller der letzten 20 Jahre.“

Andreas Borcholte charakterisierte in einem Nachruf für den Spiegel Wallaces Romane, Erzählungen und Essays als das intellektuell und künstlerisch Verwegenste, was die moderne amerikanische Literatur in den vergangenen Jahren hervorgebracht habe.Zum literarischen Nachlass von Wallace zählt ein nicht vollendeter Roman, der 2011 unter dem Titel The Pale King erschien. Das Buch war 2012 für den Pulitzer-Preis nominiert. Die Jury konnte sich allerdings nicht auf einen der drei Finalisten einigen, sodass der Preis 2012 nicht vergeben wurde. Wikipedia

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„Dass es perverserweise oft mehr Spaß macht, etwas zu wollen, als es zu haben.“

—  David Foster Wallace, buch Unendlicher Spaß

Unendlicher Spaß, Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Köln 2009, ISBN 978-3462-04112-5, Seite 295; Übersetzer: Ulrich Blumenbach
Original engl.: "That, perversely, it is often more fun to want something than to have it."

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„If, by the virtue of charity or the circumstance of desperation, you ever chance to spend a little time around a Substance-recovery halfway facility like Enfield MA’s state-funded Ennet House, you will acquire many exotic new facts…That certain persons simply will not like you no matter what you do. That sleeping can be a form of emotional escape and can with sustained effort be abused. That purposeful sleep-deprivation can also be an abusable escape. That you do not have to like a person in order to learn from him/her/it. That loneliness is not a function of solitude. That logical validity is not a guarantee of truth. That it takes effort to pay attention to any one stimulus for more than a few seconds. That boring activities become, perversely, much less boring if you concentrate intently on them. That if enough people in a silent room are drinking coffee it is possible to make out the sound of steam coming off the coffee. That sometimes human beings have to just sit in one place and, like, hurt. That you will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do. That there is such a thing as raw, unalloyed, agendaless kindness. That it is possible to fall asleep during an anxiety attack. That concentrating intently on anything is very hard work. That 99% of compulsive thinkers’ thinking is about themselves; that 99% of this self-directed thinking consists of imagining and then getting ready for things that are going to happen to them; and then, weirdly, that if they stop to think about it, that 100% of the things they spend 99% of their time and energy imagining and trying to prepare for all the contingencies and consequences of are never good. In short that 99% of the head’s thinking activity consists of trying to scare the everliving shit out of itself. That it is possible to make rather tasty poached eggs in a microwave oven. That some people’s moms never taught them to cover up or turn away when they sneeze. That the people to be the most frightened of are the people who are the most frightened. That it takes great personal courage to let yourself appear weak. That no single, individual moment is in and of itself unendurable. That other people can often see things about you that you yourself cannot see, even if those people are stupid. That having a lot of money does not immunize people from suffering or fear. That trying to dance sober is a whole different kettle of fish. That different people have radically different ideas of basic personal hygiene. That, perversely, it is often more fun to want something than to have it. That if you do something nice for somebody in secret, anonymously, without letting the person you did it for know it was you or anybody else know what it was you did or in any way or form trying to get credit for it, it’s almost its own form of intoxicating buzz. That anonymous generosity, too, can be abused. That it is permissible to want. That everybody is identical in their unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else. That this isn’t necessarily perverse. That there might not be angels, but there are people who might as well be angels.“

—  David Foster Wallace, buch Unendlicher Spaß

Infinite Jest (1996)

„Good fiction’s job is to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.“

—  David Foster Wallace

An Interview by Larry McCaffery
Essays
Variante: I had a teacher I liked who used to say good fiction’s job was to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.

„Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else.“

—  David Foster Wallace, buch Unendlicher Spaß

Variante: That everyone is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else. That this isn't necessarily perverse.
Quelle: Infinite Jest (1996)

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