David Foster Wallace – Death is not the End

by Tony Shea on September 12, 2013


Today marks the anniversary of the death of David Foster Wallace. One of America’s bright and shining literary stars of the last fifty years, Wallace committed suicide at the age of 46. He’s probably best known for the phone book sized novel Infinite Jest, which you have casually mentioned to friends with literary inclinations that you have read cover to cover (along with with the unabridged version of William T. Vollman’s Rising Up Rising Down) but of course you have not, and neither has anyone else besides the 146 college professors who have, because you just can’t seem to find the time to get through the book’s 2000 pages. Still, you have read the Cliffs Notes and, of course, there are many other fine stories and essays by David Foster Wallace that you have at your disposal, including the reading he does here of his beautiful (and short) story “Death is Not the End.”

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Tony Shea is based in New York, having recently moved from Los Angeles after more than a decade on the sunny coast. His short films have won numerous awards and screened at major festivals around the world including Comic-Con. As a musician, he is the lead singer for Los Angeles rock n’ roll band Candygram For Mongo (C4M) candygramformongo.com who has been a featured artist on Clear Channel Radio’s Discover New Music Program and whose songs have been heard on Battlestar Gallactica (Syfy Channel) and Unhitched (Fox) among other shows and films.

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