2008_09_ifjest.jpgDavid Foster Wallace, whose writing evoked comparisons to Pynchon and Borges, died on Friday. The LA Times reports his wife found that he hanged himself in their Pomona, CA home (he taught creative writing at Pomona College). LA Times book editor David Ulin, in NYC for a National Book Critics Circle Board meeting yesterday, said, "What was a party is now a wake. People were speechless and just blown away." Wallace wrote a number of books, but his tour-de-force was Infinite Jest, a 1,079-page novel that Jay McInerney, in the NY Times Book Review, called "something like a sleek Vonnegut chassis wrapped in layers of post-millennial Zola.” Here's a profile of Wallace that Frank Bruni wrote for the NY Times Magazine in 1996.