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Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story by D.T. Max
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Sep 13, 12

really liked it
Read from September 12 to 13, 2012

D.T. Max does a pretty excellent job of writing an overview of DFW's life - he mostly uses the words and memories of those closest to Wallace, an advantage of writing a biography so soon after its subject's unfortunately early death. The dullest section is definitely the beginning - Max doesn't really know how to make Wallace's early life sound that interesting, or even how to write about it.

The strongest parts of this book are the parallels Max makes between Wallace's work and his (Wallace's) life, a definite underlining of Wallace's development as a person and as a writer, and the quotations directly lifted from Wallace's letters.

I recommend reading this book after reading most if not all of Wallace's writing. Since his life and his work are so intertwined, this biography feels slim and incomplete because Wallace put so much of his life into his actual work. Read both to get the full story.

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