What is it with these authors sharing my birthday?

Both Chuck Palahniuk and David Foster Wallace were born exactly, to the date, twenty years before me. (Yes, they were born on the same day). As you’ve probably seen in today’s headlines, David Foster Wallace, author of Infinite Jest and McArthur genius grant recipient, has apparently committed suicide. I really do think great creative talents run a little closer to the edge than most of us.

As for the birthday tie-in? Eh, I guess we’re just all overly emotional Pisces on the cusp. I certainly don’t belong in the category of great literary talent but do find the coincidence very odd.

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