Two great posts on the role of faith/religion/spirituality in David Foster Wallace’s life:
It is very interesting, from the stand point of biography, that Wallace’s writing struggles are so important to so many. I wish, though, that Max found Wallace’s struggles with and attempts at religion important too. What does that say? What does it say that Wallace dedicated some time trying to be a part of church communities? How did that work and how did it play out?
and DFW and Religion:
[DFW responding to a question about the role of religion in his life] “Now look, I am not being the slightest bit sarcastic AT ALL when I just say… ‘Ditto.’”
It remains a dream of mine to someday do doctoral work on this very topic: How did religion and the life of faith shape Wallace as a person? How did it influence his writing? Seems like a gaping hole in the still-developing field of Wallace Studies.