— David Foster Wallace, E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction (via synecdoche)
— David Foster Wallace (via synecdoche)
What? This isn’t what you do with your friends on a Sunday evening?
Being pretentious is a good skill to harness. In small doses it is intimidating. And that’s always good.
— The Broom of the System, David Foster Wallace.
“Interesting image. Look, try your steak. You said you were in a position to eat a horse.”
— The Broom of the System, David Foster Wallace
No, not everyone has read Infinite Jest. That’s a fact. But just about every literary reader has at least heard of David Foster Wallace’s freakishly huge and profoundly amazing opus. Those who’ve read it twice say it’s four times as good the second time. Those who’ve read it three times don’t say anything, stuck as they are in an endless feedback loop of footnotes and narrative curlicues. Wallace’s lush language, his brilliant cultural satire, and his encyclopedic vocabulary propel this fascinating tale about a dystopian America. Central issues range from drug addiction to family functionality, and from depression to junior sports.
“It now lately sometimes seemed like a kind of black miracle to me that people could actually care deeply about a subject or pursuit, and could go on caring this way for years on end. Could dedicate their entire lives to it. It seemed admirable and at the same time pathetic. We are all dying to give our lives away to something, maybe. God or Satan, politics or grammar, topology or philately—the subject seemed incidental to this will to give oneself away, utterly. To games or needles, or to some other person. Something pathetic about it. A flight-from in the form of a plunging-into.”
hopefully i’ll find time to re-read this soon.
David Foster Wallace
Question: David Foster Wallace – as an American writer, what is your opinion now that he has died?
Answer: Is it too soon? It’s too soon right? Well i don’t rate him. The journalism is pedestrian, the stories scattered and full of that Mid-Western faux-sentimentality and Infinite Jest is unreadable. His life story and his battle with depression however is really quite touching…
OH MY GOD, BRET EASTON ELLIS, JUST DIE IN A FIRE ALREADY.
bret, i thought you were alright because i’m kind of into american psycho, and the informers was pretty good too, but goddamnit infinite jest is one of the greatest thing’s i’ve ever read.