Remembering David Foster Wallace on his 50th birthday

David Foster Wallace would have turned 50 today, and the web is full of fresh remembrances of his literary legacy. Wallace (Infinite Jest, The Pale King) was Pomona College’s Roy E. Disney Professor of Creative Writing at the time of his death in September 2008.

The Awl lists “46 Things to Read and See for David Foster Wallace’s 50th Birthday.” 

From the New York Daily News: “David Foster Wallace at 50: Why he still matters and always will.”

The Atlantic Wire also offers an interesting roundup  of links.

 Flavorwire: “Awesome Tattoos Inspired by David Foster Wallace.”

 From the PCM archives: Pomona students remember David Foster Wallace 

The Pomona Student Union held its own event this past Saturday discussing Wallace’s legacy with novelist and essayist Jonathan Lethem (Pomona’s Roy E. Disney Professor of Creative Writing and English), Laura Miller (author and writer for Salon and The New York Times Book Review), and D.T. Max (writer for The New Yorker and author of an upcoming Wallace biography). Update on 2/27: Video of the event is now available on the PSU web. (Photo below: Miller, moderator Julius Taranto ’12, Lethem and Max.)


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