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David Foster Wallace's Top Ten List
D.T. Max is receiving warm reviews for his biography of Top Ten contributor David Foster Wallace, Every Love Story is a Ghost Story.
New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani avers: “What Mr. Max’s book does do — and does powerfully — is provide an emotionally detailed portrait of the artist as a young man: conflicted, self-conscious and deeply thoughtful, like so many of his characters a seeker after an understanding of his own place in the world and a Melvillian “isolato,” yearning for connection yet stymied by the whirring of his own brain and the discontinuities of an America reeling from information overload.”
If we could add one thing to Max’s work, it would be, of course, David’s delightfully provocative Top Ten List.
David Foster Wallace’s Top Ten List
1. The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis (1942).
2. The Stand by Stephen King (1978).
3. Red Dragon by Thomas Harris (1981).
4. The Thin Red Line by James Jones (1962).
5. Fear of Flying by Erica Jong (1973).
6. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris (1988).
7. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein (1961).
8. Fuzz by Ed McBain (1968).
9. Alligator by Shelley Katz (1977).
10. The Sum of All Fears by Tom Clancy (1991).