Chris Packham's Reviews > Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace

Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story by D.T. Max
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Sep 04, 2012

it was amazing
Read from September 04, 2012 to January 09, 2013

The first line is so terrible! Wow, that's a bad first line. But: Max knows Wallace's writing back and forth, and he's unfuckwittable at intertwining Wallace's personal life with his development as a writer. Lots of interviews with people who were close to Wallace during particular periods of his life.

It also does away with the gentle-saint hagiography that settled in after Wallace died, and portrays him honestly: a good guy who was still a standard-issue human — capable of being a dick, but whom you would probably still like, on balance.
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