Post-war Literatures in English: A Lexicon of Contemporary Authors 56 (2004), 1-16; A1-2, B1-2. Need I point out that David Foster Wallace has not the faintest idea how language came into being (nor does anybody else)? And the suggestion that it was "invented" to serve "certain specific purposes"… well, Wallace tries to justify this with the second nonsense patch, footnote 23... David Foster Wallace on Why You Should Use a Dictionary, How to Write a Great Opener, and the Measure of Good Writing. On the tension between commercial entertainment and true art, something Wallace tussled with in writing that year: The generation I think of myself as part of was raised on... David Foster Wallace, author of "Infinite Jest," would have turned 50 today.
© David Foster Wallace Literary Trust. David Foster Wallace, who foresaw Netflix and the rise of Donald Trump Credit: Wesley Merritt. The publication of Infinite Jest on Feb 1, 1996 turned David Foster Wallace, 34, into a literary rock star.