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David Foster Wallace

(1962 - 2008)

A writer of short stories and essays as well as novels, David Foster Wallace published Infinite Jest in 1996, A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again in 1997, and Brief Interviews with Hideous Men in 1999. He committed suicide at the age of forty-six in California in 2008. His unfinished novel, The Pale King, was published in 2011.

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A real leader is somebody who can help us overcome the limitations of our own individual laziness and selfishness and weakness and fear and get us to do better, harder things than we can get ourselves to do on our own.

—David Foster Wallace, 2000

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