New York Times Magazine: Consider the Philosopher

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.”

Brief Interview with a Five Draft Man

David Foster Wallace

The author David Foster Wallace 85, a towering figure in modern literature, died on Sept. 12, 2008. Best known for his novel Infinite Jest, Wallace received an honorary degree from Amherst in 1999.

That year, Amherst magazine writer Stacey Schmeidel interviewed Wallace by mail. The feature-length Q & A, titled "Brief Interview With a Five Draft Man," ran in the Spring 1999 issue of the magazine, and is reprinted here: