David Foster Wallace, 46, was found dead in his Claremont, California, home Friday night after having hanged himself. Food-minded folk may already be familiar with his essay "Consider the Lobster," originally published in Gourmet magazine in 2004. If you're not, go read it here on gourmet.com.
My gf here also reminds me that Wallace wrote an essay on the Illinois State Fair ("Ticket to the Fair") for Harper's magazine.* In that essay, a group of women at the fair think he's from Harper's Bazaar, not Harper's (there's a difference), and invite him to taste the results of a bake-off, where, I'm told, hilarity ensues. I haven't read it, but I'm LMAO here listening to the gf describe it. I think I'm going to pick up A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again today.
* I'd link to it, but Harper's puts most of its archives behind a paywall; you can find it in his book A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again.