Track: Haunt Me
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It is not the critic who counts; not the man who
points out how the strong man stumbles, or where
the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in
the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat
and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who
comes short again and again….
who at best knows in the end the triumph of
high achievement, and who at the worst, if he
fails, at least fails while daring greatly.
- Theodore Roosevelt
At the end of 1989, David Foster Wallace was admitted to McLean Hospital, the psychiatric hospital associated with Harvard University, for substance addiction. He was twenty-seven years old and increasingly desperate for help. He had already experienced literary fame with his college novel, “The Broom of the System,” and sunk into obscurity with his postmodern short-story cabinet of wonders, “Girl with Curious Hair” (twenty-two hundred copies sold in hardcover). His most recent stop, as a graduate student in philosophy at Harvard, had lasted only a few weeks. His private life was hardly less uneven. He had attempted suicide the year before, in his family home, and had also gone from being a marijuana addict to an alcoholic, mostly drinking alone and in front of the television. Most dreadfully, he felt that he could no longer write well. He was unsure whether the problem was lack of focus, lack of material, or a lack of ambition. Granada House was to be the improbable solution to this problem, altering his approach to his work and putting him on the road to producing, in remarkably short order, his masterpiece, “Infinite Jest.”
Click-through to read an excerpt from “Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace,” by D.T. Max: http://nyr.kr/Shl6ZD
Venezuelan Poodle Moth
Born: August 5, 1930
First Moon Walk: July 21, 1969
Time in Space: 8 days, 14 hours, 12 minutes, and 30 seconds
RIP: August 25, 2012
Neil Armstrong and the moon landing. Original broadcast. Walter Cronkite reports.
Why Cyclists Run Red Lights
Male cyclists were 1.5 times more likely than females to have run a red, and younger people (those 18 to 29) were more likely than older riders. There was a noticeable link between infringements and accidents — riders who’d been involved in a bike-car crash were more likely to have run red lights — though the survey couldn’t show any causal relationship. Some people seem to disregard red lights no matter their transport mode: survey respondents who’d been fined for a red light violation while driving in the past two years were much more likely to have infringed on a bike than those without a violation.
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