New York University

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A memorial service for David Foster Wallace was held on Thursday, October 23 at New York University. Speakers included:

  • Don DeLillo
  • George Saunders
  • Zadie Smith
  • Jonathan Franzen
  • Donald Antrim
  • Bonnie Nadell, Wallace's agent
  • editors Michael Pietsch, Gerry Howard
  • Colin Harrison, editor at Harper's Magazine
  • Deborah Treisman, fiction editor at The New Yorker
  • Amy Wallace Havens, Wallace's sister
  • Mark Costello, friend and novelist

Speakers discussed Wallace's life and read excerpts from his work, including Infinite Jest, Girl with Curious Hair, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, and Oblivion: Stories.

Memorable quotes:

  • “I understood that he had given me a gift. The gift was courage. He told me not to be afraid.” -Donald Antrim
  • "I throw like a boy who would rather be reading Kafka." -Amy Wallace Havens
  • "Youth and loss. This is Dave's voice. American." -Don DeLillo
  • "[Dave used] details as a way of letting out the bottled love in his heart." -Jonathan Franzen

New York Times article on the memorial service

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