“Coping With an Unfinished Life”

15 Oct

Although this may not be an excerpt from a small press, I feel that the readership will appreciate this article. Coping with an Unfinished Life is a New York Times article about the life of  Karen Green, David Foster Wallace’s widow, following her husband’s suicide. Written by Mario Russo, published October 8th.  Here’s a short excerpt.

Midway down the sheet, stamped “Medical Center,” are rows of embroidered tally marks representing the number of days Ms. Green, 50, has been a widow. In the pocket is a patient’s right-to-privacy booklet she acquired during a visit to a psychiatrist after Mr. Wallace’s death. Next to the sheet is a yellowing, stained pillow, part of its feathery stuffing removed and strewn on the floor. The dog whose features are embroidered on the sheet died soon after Mr. Wallace’s death.


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