In an essay about David Foster Wallace ’85 and his Amherst paper “Richard Taylor’s ‘Fatalism’ and the Semantics of Physical Modality,” an editor with The New York Times Magazine says the work “casts a revealing light on the early stages of his struggle to use the powers of his formidable mind for the higher good: to protect against the seductions of the intellect and to find solid ground for his most urgent and heartfelt convictions.”