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David Foster Wallace

The word ‘despair’ is overused and banalized now, but it’s a serious word, and I’m using it seriously. It’s close to what people call dread or angst, but it’s not these things, quite. It’s more like wanting to die in order to escape the unbearable sadness of knowing I’m small and weak and selfish and going, without doubt, to die. It’s wanting to jump overboard. — David Foster Wallace, A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments. (Little, Brown and Co. 1 February 1997)

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