Shocking Twists In New David Foster Wallace Biography

You think that just because you skimmed Dave Eggers’s introduction to the tenth-anniversary version of Infinite Jest, you know everything about DFW? Think again. D.T. Max’s new biography of Wallace, Every Love Story is a Ghost Story, hits shelves this week and promises to forever redefine how we remember the beloved author. Here’s a few of the book’s revelations.

David Foster Wallace apparently:

—Never considered the crab.

—Meant his “This Is Water” commencement speech to be sarcastic.

—Once took a shit inside Jonathan Franzen’s favorite duvet cover as a prank.

—Was forced by Little, Brown to publish his experimental short stories as “essays.”

—Shot a creative writing student at Pomona just to watch him die.

—Is alive and well, playing tennis under the alias “Roger Federer.”

—Did that supposedly fun thing … again.

—Has a massive chest tattoo of John Barth’s face.

—Finished writing The Pale King but couldn’t fit the entire manuscript in an envelope and didn’t feel like driving to the post office.

—Under his trademark bandana, wore a yarmulke.

Who would’ve guessed it? Time to update Wikipedia!

Latest in Archive

Archive

Watch + Listen: SHAED’s New Single/Video ‘Once Upon a Time’ is Hauntingly Beautiful

Archive

A Monumental Woman: New Doc ‘Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own’ Tells the Story of One of Our Greatest Contemporary Sculptors

Archive

This Happened: Vanessa Paradis Arrives in Full Chanel to Deauville American Film Festival

Archive

Please Buy Restaurant Gift Certificates…NOW

Archive

Peter, Bjorn & John Will Do a 36-Hour Live Stream ‘Festival’ From INGRID Studio

Archive

Women’s History Month: DC’s Hamilton Hotel Unveils Timely ‘Suffrage Suite’

Archive

Kristen Stewart Gets Punky in New Jean Baptiste Mondino Shot Chanel Campaign

Archive

The Beginner’s Guide To Adding Art To Your Home