Wallace’s psychological struggles, it becomes evident, made him more humble and empathic. He found in the recovery process, and later in nonfiction assignments, a means by which he could cast his gaze onto the world around him and away from the dark reverberations within him. The cleverness in which he cloaked himself gave way to an overt and insistent humanism.
– Steve Almond, reviewing D.T. Max’s biography of David Foster Wallace, Every Story Is a Ghost Story.