David Foster Wallace Takes His Last Bite

Bibliophiles around the globe are mourning the untimely death of author David Foster Wallace, who hanged himself Friday.

Most know Wallace from his best-selling books, including the influential Infinite Jest, but he was a pretty darned good food writer, too, producing some remarkably lusty prose when writing about comestibles. In memoriam, here’s the text of his “Consider the Lobster” from Gourmet, a meandering, hilariously footnoted 2004 meditation on the crustacean.

May there be lobsters in heaven for you, David Foster Wallace.