Magazine October 20, 2008, Issue

An Epic Talent

Author David Foster Wallace (Steve Liss/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)

The recently deceased novelist, essayist, and journalist David Foster Wallace was a genius. And a big, showy one at that. His style, laden with his trademark footnotes, was that of a man whose brain was permanently stuck in overdrive — a mind so bright, an observer so exactingly acute as Wallace seemed to have no other op­tion. He was going to struggle mightily to convey the whole of his experience and insight on any given topic, and lest anything slip through the cracks he would insert it on the bottom of the page where he hoped that there was still

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