There is a long chapter on David Foster Wallace in the book, who is a particular favorite of mine. But even I have to admit he is a little bit of an outlier. I suppose the jury is still out whether he will end up belonging in the same category as artists like Melville and Nietzsche, not to mention Homer, Aeschylus, Augustine, Dante, or Kant – all figures we spend a lot of time on in the book. But I think there is something amazingly perceptive about his work, and I think he has the right idea about what an artist ought to be up to. (See Contest Passage 5.)
Bert and I together are interested to know, though, what kind of reputation he has among our readers. At the first session of Philosophy 6 last week Bert asked how many students knew DFW and only about 3 raised their hands. But of course presumably the results would be even worse for Aeschylus or Dante. So a question: Where does DFW sit in your mind? Never heard of him? Think he’s the greatest? And do you think he belongs among such exalted company? Let us know!