The first DFW piece I read was the Kenyon I had read some of the same theorists and philosophers Wallace read, I was pretty well-versed in post-modernism, I had written about David Lynch in college. I knew the late David Foster Wallace a very little bit—not much to speak of, really, but I wrote about his work often. An interview that I did with him during the book tour The critic Christian Lorentzen wrote in New York that Saint Dave is David Foster Wallace "reduced to a wisdom-dispensing sage on the... Adapted from a commencement speech given by David Foster Wallace to the 2005 graduating class at Kenyon College.
The book was heavily promoted and highly anticipated, and although the hype must have been exciting and gratifying for Wallace, it was also deeply unsettling. The early metaphysical investigations of David Foster Wallace. Wallace was especially concerned that certain theoretical paradigms — the cerebral aestheticism of modernism, the clever trickery of postmodernism — too casually dispense with what he once called "the very old traditional human... Reading Foster-Wallace is like reading Flaubert for me; meticulously crafted, but leaves me absolutely cold in an emotional sense.