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Please don't call Wallace one of the smartest human beings on earth. Let me guess, you think that Malcolm Gladwell and Miranda July round out the top three. Raise your standards, people!

Posted by Gabriel | June 5, 2008 12:16 PM

I can't name my absolute favorite movie or band, but Infinite Jest is certainly my favorite book ever. I told my friend at work I was reading it and she said, "How grad school. What's next, Don DeLillo?" So I went out and bought some Don DeLillo.

Posted by skweetis | June 5, 2008 12:47 PM

I heart DFW way, way more. If not one of the smartest human beings on earth, certainly one of the smartest writers.

Posted by Superfurry Animal | June 5, 2008 12:47 PM

Ha! Ya took the words out my mouth!

Posted by sf | June 5, 2008 1:05 PM

Not to mention McCain's complete turnaround on torture (now enthusiastically pro) and executive privilege (now "virtually dictatorial powers").

Posted by Fnarf | June 5, 2008 1:08 PM

thx 4 the link.

Posted by maud newton | June 5, 2008 1:09 PM

Love DFW and this essay. Old news, but his "A Supposedly Fun Thing I Will Never Do Again" made me laugh until I plotzed.

Posted by Gidget | June 5, 2008 1:19 PM

@6: You're right. I forgot to put the via in. I will correct it. Thanks and sorry.

But the place I read about this wasn't actually from Maud Newton, though after I read your comment I discovered that Maud mentioned it. It was from Galleycat.

@1: Have you read Wallace's book on infinity? It's pretty goddamned smart, and it's one of the few books on math, outside of Feynman, that actually taught me something, and I'm really bad at math. And, no, though I'm fond of Miranda July, I don't think she's one of the smartest people on Earth. Malcolm Gladwell is a tool.

Posted by Paul Constant | June 5, 2008 1:40 PM

Republicans are so ugly.

Posted by michael strangeways | June 5, 2008 4:16 PM

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