I learned yesterday that a professional acquaintance was a friend of Wallace's for many years. I'm rather glad I didn't know that last September, or my newspaper would have asked me to write a story about this person's thoughts on Wallace's suicide. Oh, who am I kidding. I can only think of two, maybe three, people on staff who would even know who Wallace was. Anyway, having a brush with an author, or knowing someone who knew an author, always makes me want to read the author's work. But I'm the sort who's always looking for connections, however tenuous. So I have this book on order.
It's a pity I haven't read Wallace before now. I feel like I'm perpetually catching up to all of the other readers I know, making up for those years lost to law school and sleep disorders. Even in a crowd of book nerds, I don't quite fit in.