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Ai, Poet Extraordinaire, Diesnew

The poet Ai, whose work was astoundingly varied and consistently forceful, passed away last week from pneumonia. She was 62. Ai was born Florence Johnson but changed her name to the Japanese word for love.
Weekly Alibi  |  Erin Adair-Hodges  |  03-30-2010  |  Books

Infinite Loss: David Foster Wallace and the Troublesome, Inescapable 'I'new

"Was he a good writer?" asked the young sales clerk at Borders.
L.A. Weekly  |  Gendy Alimurung  |  09-19-2008  |  Books

Overhead Bagage: David Foster Wallace, 1962-2008new

DFW possessed a brain that was crowded with doubt -- about his own ability, sure, and in the larger sense, the ability of any of us to adequately express anything.
Boston Phoenix  |  Nina MacLaughlin  |  09-18-2008  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

The God Who Capped Himself: Thomas M. Disch, 1940-2008new

In a literary culture that supposedly cherishes irony, the passing of such a master ironist has been remarkably little noted. That Disch likely took his life on July 4th (his body was discovered July 5) probably wasn't meant as tribute to our subtle wits either.
Los Angeles CityBeat  |  Ron Garmon  |  08-01-2008  |  Books

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