Monday, February 02, 2009

Question

In the last day I have read two passing references to the "late" David Foster Wallace, who died on September 12 of last year.

How long does a person have to be dead in order to no longer be referred to that way?

2 comments:

Karyn said...

I think it has more to do with the level of fame than with elapsed time. If he were more famous, "late" would be unnecessary.

stu said...

What is he late for?