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David Foster Wallace Funeral

… sad, sad, sad. Not enough said. A funereal mood prevails over the day. “Irony and ridicule have become agents of a great despair and stasis in U.S. culture”. -David Foster Wallace. If more had been said, would it still have been ‘not enough said’? Or would it have become ‘enough said’, which is a euphemism for ‘too much has been said’? Who knows why DFW did what he did, but in death, who can even ask such questions? Or rather, who, being dead, can conceive of who might ask such questions after one is dead?

Well enough, he will live on:

Chuang Tzu:

  • Lao Tan said, “Why dont you just make him see that life and death are the same story, that acceptable and unacceptable are on a single string? Wouldnt it be well to free him from his handcuffs and fetters?”
  • No-Toes said, “When Heaven has punished him, how can you set him free?”

September 13, 2008
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