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A snorkel to the universe? David Foster Wallace on writing …

There are plenty of gems in this brief interview, but if you need a little dose of inspiration because you wonder why you’re doing this (writing, that is), give it a view.

One of the things he says, and it applies to all kinds of fiction, is that reading is supposed to be fun. Dave says he gave up on avant-garde fiction because it wasn’t fun for him. What he doesn’t say, but I’ll extrapolate for him, is that writing is supposed to be fun too.

There’s the rub.

6 comments on “A snorkel to the universe? David Foster Wallace on writing …

  1. pinklightsabre
    September 8, 2016

    Never saw him like that, but big fan of his writing. That was really neat. And ironic that he makes you work so hard with Infinite Jest, as a kind of statement against the ‘other’ entertainment. He’s a big Brazilian nut, that one. Thanks for sharing this. Bill

  2. 1WriteWay
    September 9, 2016

    it cracked me up at the end when he said he had more of problem with contemporary avant-garde writing (academic, for critics) than with TV. I don’t mind putting some work into my reading (it can be part of the fun), but it shouldn’t be “hellaciously” not fun 😉

    • Kevin Brennan
      September 9, 2016

      And, that said, I never made it through Infinite Jest!

      • 1WriteWay
        September 10, 2016

        I never started. I shy away from “encyclopedic novels.” I wasn’t interested in lengthy and complex novels even when I was much younger, less distracted and had more time on my hands. And it had endnotes? Why do that to a reader?

      • Kevin Brennan
        September 10, 2016

        I think its footnotes went on for pages and pages, and you’d forget the text it was footnoting on! I always assumed he was trying to dump the entire contents of his mind into that book …

      • 1WriteWay
        September 10, 2016

        And he did have an editor. I listened to an interview with the editor recently (some podcast, can’t remember). It sounded like the drafts were a hell of a lot longer.

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