September 23, 2008

Achieve success, kill yourself

Camus said there's only one serious question, and that's whether or not to kill yourself. Even after I grew up that quote stayed cool for a while, but mostly struck me as dumb. Life is not an either / or decision, there are many ways to live or slowly die.

The aim of this blog is to keep a record of various things and see what emerges many years later. The patterns aren't supposed to be too apparent at first. So, time for the first of a series of posts noting when people who have achieved professional success and the respect of their peers choose to kill themselves. Since all information will be gathered online, it's likely to be restricted to famous people. In addition, the basic rules are that the person should still be at or near the height of their powers and with no impending health crises, no obvious external reasons to kill themselves. The model for this is Yukio Mishima.

First up, as you can probably guess, is David Foster Wallace,
(February 21, 1962 – September 12, 2008) was an American novelist, essayist, and short story writer as well as a professor at Pomona College in Claremont, California. Wallace was best known for his 1996 novel Infinite Jest which Time included in its All-Time 100 Greatest Novels (1923-2006).
Who'll be next?

Posts tagged Mishima.

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