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Thursday, September 18, 2008


posted by on September 18 at 14:00 PM

NASCAR Cancels Remainder Of Season Following David Foster Wallace’s Death.

“I’m flooded with feelings of—for lack of a better concept—incongruity,” said Jimmie Johnson, the driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet who is known throughout racing for his habit of handing out copies of Wallace’s novels to his fans. “David Foster Wallace could comprehend and articulate the sadness in a luxury cruise, a state fair, a presidential campaign, anything. But empathy, humanity, and compassion so strong as to be almost incoherent ran through that same sadness like connective tissue through muscle, affirming the value of the everyday, championing the banal yet true, acknowledging the ironic as it refused to give in to irony.”

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I've seriously never heard of this author before his death, and I don't watch Nascar. Are people who are familiar with one or both of the principal subjects here less confused about this development?

Posted by Chris in Tampa | September 18, 2008 2:59 PM

David Foster Wallace is, I believe, mostly read by the set of folks who believe the New Yorker doesn't use enough big words.

Posted by rococo | September 18, 2008 3:30 PM

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