Wallace’s death was followed by four public memorial services, celebrations of his work in newspapers and magazines, and tributes on the Web.He was only forty-six when he killed himself, which helped explain the sense of loss readers and critics felt.
None had delivered any significant relief from the pain and feelings of emotional isolation that rendered the depressed person’s every waking hour an indescribable hell on earth.” He never published a word about his own mental illness.
But after “Infinite Jest” Wallace came to feel that his prose was too often arch and arid.
Without capitulating to realism, he wanted to tell his stories in a more straightforward way.
“What’s unendurable is what his own head could make of it all,” Gately thinks near the end.
“But he could choose not to listen.” Through the example of Gately, “Infinite Jest” offered readers an oblique form of counsel, but Wallace had mixed feelings about the book.