David Foster Wallace, author of the huge and hugely successful novel Infinite Jest and much else besides, seems to arouse as much vitriol as he does admiration. As a talking head, though, he appeared not at all eager to court controversy. Here he was suitably quiet on the loss of quietness in our culture:
He suffered from depression for many years, managing it with antidepressants until they seemed to stop working. He hanged himself in September 2008, leaving an unfinished novel,The Pale King, which was published in 2011.