Jonathan Franzen writes on David Foster Wallace's suicide. The New Yorker, April 18th, 2011.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Narcissistic validation of the self's primacy.
"I can imagine the sick mental pathways by which suicide comes to seem like the one consciousness-quenching substance that nobody can take away from you. The need to have something apart from other people, the need for a secret, the need for some last-ditch narcissistic validation of the self's primacy, and then the voluptuously self-hating anticipation of the last grand score, and the final severing of contact with the world that would deny you the enjoyment of your self-involved pleasure..."