If, on this day of fear and instability , you'd like to feel worse about life, the universe, and everything, check out Elizabeth Wurtzel's piece on the late David Foster Wallace . She doesn't actually talk much about Wallace himself, but she does describe one's forties (Wallace was 46) as a brief respite between the crazy thirties and the bitter, disappointed fifties. Then she closes with these words of encouragement: "The world is, after all, a coarse and brutal and cruel place. It's only a matter of how long you can live with it." Thanks Liz; we're going back to bed now. [NY Mag ]