“I don’t know much about Dave’s spiritual life but I see him as a great American Buddhist writer, in the lineage of Whitman and Ginsberg.  He was a wake-up artist.  That was his work, as I see it, both on the page and off it: he went around waking people up.  He was, if this is even a word, a celebrationist, who gave us new respect for the world through his reverence for it, a reverence that manifested as attention, an attention that produced that electrifying, all-chips-in, aware-in-all-directions prose of his.”

– George Saunders, in Five Dials: Celebrating the Life and Work of David Foster Wallace