Thanks to all the suggestions for good DFW readings in the post below. Some of them already figure strongly in the book, but some of them I’ve never worked up the gumption to read. I’ll try to find a way to work the most strongly recommended into my schedule somewhere.
In the meantime, another question. Is there anyone else we should be considering for this slot? A contemporary writer, in other words, who has a sense for the peculiar challenges of the age and who writes about them with elegance and panache. Last summer, for example, I was fortunate enough to have a research assistant who helped me through a lot of James Merrill’s work – especially the epic poem Changing Light at Sandover. That seemed to me worth exploring more – less for the description of the challenges of the age than for the sense of something that might respond to them. Anyhow, I know that Merrill is not a natural pairing with Wallace, but perhaps that’s the point. Is there anyone else we should consider, and if so why?
Thanks for your help!