Finished up “Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story” this weekend while I was traveling. I’m not going to attempt to give it a comprehensive review, because I don’t have the time or the inclination, but I will say that if you consider yourself a DFW fan, then it’s definitely worth your while. Here are some bullet points.
- I’ve read every single primary DFW thing I can get my hands on (with the exception of “Everything and More,” which I was too math-tarded to grasp), and I’ve read a lot about DFW, and I still learned a ton.
- For the most part, D.T. Max did an excellent job of making himself transparent and just telling the story. I could see a younger/less-experienced/less secure writer trying to make the book about her-/himself and trying to out-DFW DFW, but Max just stuck to the facts.
- On the other hand, he maybe hewed a little too close to the facts, and often I found myself wishing he’d dug deeper. Whether it was about Wallace’s personal life or his work, I wanted MORE. But maybe that’s for another author and another book.
- The hardcover edition wasn’t exactly rife with copyediting errors, but there were enough to make it a rocky read for this former copyeditor. But I’m a weird audience, and this is a first edition, so I’m sure those will get addressed in subsequent printings.
- It made me miss DFW terribly and want to read everything again.
If you’re still on the fence, perhaps this excerpt will help you make up your mind.