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Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 30. August 2012

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 368 Seiten
  • Verlag: Viking (30. August 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 9780670025923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670025923
  • ASIN: 0670025925
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Praise for Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story

“In his revealing new biography, D.T. Max gives us a sympathetic portrayal of Wallace’s life and work, tracing the connections between the two, while mapping the wellsprings of his philosophical vision…what Mr. Max’s book does do -- and does powerfully – is provide an emotionally detailed portrait of the artist as a young man.” –Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times


“All readers, even those who know nothing of Wallace, will be moved by the portrayal of one man’s honest struggle with mental illness…the portrayal of the latter half of his life is deeply sympathetic and surprisingly inspiring…[the book’s] poignancy is in its emphasis on Wallace’s years of hard-earned survival and his efforts, though unrealized, toward artistic transformation.” –Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal


“A well-crafted, insightful chronicle of this singular writer’s life and literary work…Max’s biography succeeds on multiple levels: through his astute interpretations of Wallace’s literary output and liberal quotes from the writer himself, this book very much embodies the spirit and life of Wallace…for this reader, the biography provides a measure of solace – that is this great writer can’t be among us, at least he can be remembered in all of his genius and complexity.” –S. Kirk Walsh, The San Francisco Chronicle

“I’m having trouble remembering when I was last so consumed by any piece of writing, fiction or non… In providing a more complete sense of Wallace than we ever had while he lived, it makes his death feel more real, somehow more irrefutable. And, for anyone who felt a profound emotional connection to Wallace and his work, there’s a strenuously cathartic dimension to this: the experience of knowing him more fully, and of thereby feeling more completely the force and finality of his absence.” –Mark O’Connell,

“Documenting the life of a writer as revered and tormented as the late David Foster Wallace is a fraught task at best. D.T. Max has done an admirable job with Every Love Story is a Ghost Story…what emerges is a vivid portrait of an artist whose verbal brilliance was continually hampered, and ultimately silenced, by debilitating mental illness.” –Steve Almond, The Boston Globe


“While Max appears to greatly admire Wallace as a writer and feel compassion for him as a man, he is never starry-eyed, or pulls his punches. Every Love Story is a Ghost Story is as illuminating, multifaceted, and serious an estimation of David Foster Wallace’s life and work as we can hope to find.” –Elissa Schappell,


“Brilliant and compulsively readable… a convincingly intimate and lucid narrative...Max’s new biography deftly reassembles the life of David Foster Wallace…strips away the legend and gives us an all-too-human writer.” –Taylor Antrim,


“Full of all kinds of strange surprises, painting the most complete, and warmest, portrait of Wallace yet.” Rolling Stone


“Wallace’s first biographer, the lucid and energetic D.T. Max, restores the man to his own story. Every Love Story is a Ghost Story takes a balanced and unfussy approach, avoiding hagiography and dealing directly with both the gifts and flaws of a mammoth talent…Max makes us wish Wallace were alive to continue the conversation.” –Gemma Sieff, Town and Country

“All dedicated readers of contemporary American literature will know the tragic, haunting and ultimately unfathomable story of David Foster Wallace, the prodigiously gifted writer - no, genius - who reshaped the contours of both the novel and long-form nonfiction in his far-too-brief life. D. T. Max has now provided answers to the questions that can be answered and asked, with tact and grace, the ones that can't. His biography is a model of deep scholarly excavation and acute sensitivity, an exemplary feat of literary portraiture.” —James Atlas, author of Bellow: A Biography

“This book is vey well-researched, deeply sympathetic, and incredibly painful to read. We should feel grateful that this story was told by someone as talented and responsible as D.T. Max.” —Dave Eggers, author of A Hologram for the King

"This book should be handed to anyone who wants to write, if only to remind the aspiring writer that becoming a voice of generational significance turns out to be very poor insulation indeed from struggle, fear, and despair. D. T. Max is beautifully attuned to Wallace's strengths, whether personal or literary, and bracingly clear-sighted on his flaws. The result is a book that's moving, surprising (Wallace voted for Reagan?), and hugely disquieting. If you love Wallace's work, you obviously need to read this book; if you don't love Wallace's work, you especially need to read this book.”  —Tom Bissell, author of The Father of All Things

“A damnably readable, streamlined, yet deeply researched work.  Skipping the ancestors and aftermath of conventional biography, Max gives us the man, his work, and his times--the niceties of which (so complicated, so exquisitely intertwined) Max articulates with, well, Wallace-like lucidity and wit.  Above all this is the story of a touching young man who insisted on being something better than simply the smartest person in the room.” —Blake Bailey, author of Cheever: A Life

 "I’d worried that by making David Foster Wallace less mythic, D. T. Max would make him smaller. But the accretion of well-chosen details makes Wallace greater: a complete human being, one whom these superbly reported pages allow us to know rather than to worship. And that makes his loss even more unbearable." —Anne Fadiman, author of At Large and At Small

“This a book about being human, living human, writing human -- Wallace's own subjects -- and chronicles with real compassion the complex, fierce joy Wallace took in being alive.  A treat for Wallace fans and anyone who cares about the prose of our time.” —Brenda Wineapple, author of White Heat

"Building on his acclaimed New Yorker profile, Max draws on his unparalleled access to sources--from friends and family members to previously unpublished notes and letters--and renders a life and literary portrait that fans will devour and critics will find indispensable. Through the grace of D. T. Max's clear prose readers will know Wallace and miss him as never before." —Evan Wright, author of Generation Kill 

“D.T. Max’s biography is a touchingly sad story, well and honorably told, and consistently full of the human warmth that David Foster Wallace longed for, in his life and his work-- a longing he could never quite satisfy in either." —Madison Smartt Bell, author of The Color of Night

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

D. T. Max, a graduate of Harvard University, is a staff writer for The New Yorker.  He is the author of The Family That Couldn’t Sleep: A Medical Mystery. He lives outside of New York City. 

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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Austriacus1 am 4. August 2013
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zum leider viel zu kurzen Leben von "Saint Dave". Leicht zu lesen, auch für weniger mit der englischen Sprache befasste Leser wie mich. Von seiner Kindheit bis zum Tod werden alle Phasen des Lebens beschrieben, seine Genialität, aber auch die tiefen Abgründe der immer wiederkehrenden Depression. Interviews mit der Familie, Freunden und anderen Wegbegleitern geben Einblick das Leben eines Zerrissenen, seine Abhängigkeit von Alkohol, Drogen, usw. - nichts bleibt unerwähnt. Die Biographie hat mich tief berührt, der Mythos "David Foster Wallace" lebt weiter. Für alle DFW-Leser ein "Muss", unbedingt lesen!
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David Foster Wallace, das leider früh verstorbene junge Genie der amerikanischen Literatur, wird hier in seinen vielen, auch menschlich prägnanten Eigenschaften gezeichnet. Wer "infinite jest" liebte, wird gerne über die Eigenheiten des Autors lesen
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Tenderly wrought, with integrity and authenticity 12. September 2012
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All my adult reading life, I waited for a young contemporary writer to transport me to the prose-rich playgrounds of Nabokov and Pynchon. ADA and GRAVITY'S RAINBOW were my torches, but they were, arguably, emotionally sterile. When I read INFINITE JEST ten years ago, I knew I had finally found an author who, besides giving words an elastic, carbonated buoyancy, was a vigorously palpable storyteller, altogether tragic and heartbreaking.

I remember the exact moment when I heard that Wallace took his life (as I suspect did everyone who is reading this book, who read DFW before his death). It was like a brother or best friend had died. He was my rock star--my John Lennon, Peter Gabriel, and Bob Dylan all rolled up into literature. He wasn't yesterday's insurgent Kurt Cobain, he was today's voice--the insurrectionist of the insurrection, the anti-ironist and seeker of exigent summits.

D.T. Max evinces respect, compassion, and objectivity toward this now lionized author he has never met, in his biography assembled from the contributions of friends, family, lovers, AA comrades, colleagues, fellow writers, and epistolary confidants.

"Fiction is what it's like to be a f*****g human being," Wallace said, and Max shows us the utter turbulence of this writer's life, a man who lived inveterately with the howling fantods (a phrase from his mother, the grammarian, used potently in INFINITE JEST).

David was a depressed, addicted, chaotic genius, a man who felt that he never lived up to his lofty ambitions as a writer or a person. He was both fascinated and repulsed by the TV culture and how media hijacks and propagandizes public and private minds--his constant themes in his essays, short stories, and of course, IJ.

As many know, he was hospitalized several times for breakdowns and overdoses, and struggled with pervasive suicidal ideation. Max does a virtuous job of giving the reader a candid view of the complex nature of DFW; the generously endowed writer was often a captious, violent, and tormented soul. He was also a passionate, outstanding teacher, and a patron to his companions in AA. Moreover, he was an enthusiastic dog lover, especially drawn to dogs with an abusive past.

The parts of the book that describe Wallace's years writing INFINITE JEST were not just revealing, but like a fourth wall nakedly exposed. Max captures the line between author and material with authenticity and revelation. It is almost surreal, as Max brought me back to the narrative of IJ while manifesting Wallace's actual art and pain of writing it. I don't want to spoil it for readers by dropping tidbits of information--reading about it is thrilling and gripping, the most page-turning part of the book.

The letters Wallace wrote to Franzen, DeLillo, Costello, and his editor, Michael Pietsch, at Little, Brown, and Company, (and many others), will prickle the skin of any DFW aficionado. He was self-conscious, and self-conscious about being self-conscious, and communicated that in his letters.

"I go through a loop in which I notice all the ways I am...self-centered and careerist and not true to standards and values that transcend my own petty interests...but then I countenance the fact here at least here I am worrying about it; so then I feel better about myself...but this soon becomes a vehicle for feeling superior to imagined Others...I think I'm very honest and candid, but I'm also proud of how honest and candid I am--so where does that put me."

This book is a valuable companion to David Lipsky's journalistic book, ALTHOUGH OF COURSE YOU END UP BECOMING YOURSELF, a biography of Lipsky's five days spent with Wallace on his IJ book tour. It is hard to compare them, as Lipsky's is an echo and interpretation of his actual time with DFW, and this book is compiled from sources outside of the biographer. Both have poignant insight into the ephemeral but perennial figure of Wallace.

I award four stars, rather than five, although the quality of writing and extensive research is first-rate (despite being almost devoid of familial testimony, and despite errors that I think are typesetting errors, not copy-editing errors). It's personal. Something is missing, some essence that cannot be filled by a biographer, or hasn't yet-- the unnameable, soulful reflectiveness that I ache for. The closest way to that is through the Harry Ransom Center, which is fortunately only a few miles from my home, which houses David Foster Wallace's entire archive at hand. You can feel the pages while you read what he wrote, with just a slip of a glove separating you from his words.

There is something about Wallace fans--it is as if we are all in the same karass, isn't it? But Wallace wanted to relate to us on a cosmic scale, not like an exclusive club, yet he appeals to only select (not elite, but select) readers. If you become a lover of Wallace's work, you feel almost mystically connected to all other lovers of his oeuvre, and however fantastical a presumption, we also feel connected to Wallace, the person. It is apparent that D.T. Max understands this, and that he is bonded to Wallace, also. That is why (I think) he wrote this bio, about the ghost of David, who keeps on penetrating our literary dreams.
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Compelling, Hard to put down. 5. September 2012
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I found this biography to be compelling, well written and meticulously researched by D.T. Max. There are so many intimate details about David Foster Wallace's life that it was like reading personal journals. I thought that the author remained for the most part nonjudgemental and objective.
There were two areas that I found not clearly explained or explored. One was Wallace's relationship with his Mother. The second was Wallace's relationship with the writer Mary Karr. The level of rage allegedly exhibited by Wallace towards Mary Karr despite the fact that he is clean, sober and on antidepressants is baffling to me. Did he really try to throw Mary Karr out of a moving vehicle? It is one bit of information that without a police report and witnesses I felt could have been left out of the story.
The biography is well paced. Although I knew at the beginning that David Foster Wallace would commit suicide, I did not know what event(s) would push him over the edge. Without giving away the final scenes of the book, it was not what I expected.
Writers, people in recovery, people familiar with severe depression and those who have admired David Foster Wallace's work, including countless students he taught over the years will glean much insight from this biography. Wallace's wisdom grew with his sobriety. One cannot help but like him and feel great compassion towards him. It made me wish I had known him and had the opportunity to take one of his courses.
This is one of the best biographies I have ever read.
Note to D.T. Max: In your footnotes, Chapter 5, 26. It should read "Poor me, poor me, pour me another drink." We alcoholics could never stop with just one.
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Not quite what I expected 22. Oktober 2012
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Before reading this book, all I knew about David Foster Wallace was his quote about how people shrug off depression. I anticipated him to be a very sensitive, kind man, sympathetic to the suffering of mankind, gentle-spirited and so on. The biography, while admiring in tone and making a strong case that he was a genius, surprised me with its unsparing portrayal of Wallace's many addictions, carelessness with women and friends, and his self-absorption. I'm pretty sure now that if I'd ever met him, I wouldn't have liked him much personally.

But... I am fascinated at how he analyzed our media-crazed, pop culture world and carefully expressed his ideas using humor and fiction. This biography left me eager to read "Infinite Jest" to hear Wallace's voice directly.
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Workmanlike First Biography of Tragic Author of "Infinite Jest." 21. Oktober 2012
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D.T. Max has written the first full length biography of the talented and tragically doomed writer, David Foster Wallace. The book fills in a lot of biographical data, the gypsy-like path Wallace took across the country from his New England birth, middle-west childhood, back to New England for college, Arizona for graduate work, and ultimately Pomona, California where he met his sad end.

What's missing is any insight into the most important relationships in Wallace's life, his complex love/hate with his mother, sister and father, a man who comes off as distant, but possibly because Max has almost nothing to say about him. Max describes a happy and functional family and then reverses course in a paragraph, without explaining how this happy family was torn apart by divorce, with Wallace's mother moving out of the house for a year.

This may be the result of limited access to the Wallace family, but it leaves a lot of material for a future biographer.

"Every Love Story is a Ghost Story" is loaded with pedantic discussions of modernism and post-modernism and other arcane academic pursuits. What this reader wanted was more flesh and blood living. It reads more like journalism than biography.

As a fan of DFW I appreciate Max's effort to tell his story but suspect a more insightful biography awaits us.
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Reads like a Wikipedia article ... 8. März 2013
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DFW deserves a better biographer ... this book reads like a very long Wikipedia article. I applaud Max for doing original research (interviews, etc.) and roughly half of the information in this book was new to me, but I feel like he should have spent way more time actually WRITING a biography rather than collating a bunch of letters and interviews without really analyzing his subject. I never get the sense that the author is anything more than a mediocre journalist, or a member of a particularly active DFW list-serv who decided that he wanted to write a book---except that he didn't actually know anything about writing biographies.
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