Tuesday, June 25, 2013

From a 1996 Live Online David Foster Wallace interview

Q: Do you mine the bleakness of our culture for your work?
A:I don't think one has to "mine" the culture any more.It's what we breathe. It's all around us.

Q: I read your cool piece on Dostoevsky in the village voice. Do you think "dosty" informs your work in any way?
A:Dostoevski informs everybody; or he ought to.

 Q:What's the worst character flaw of your work?
A: My worst character flaw that I'm conscious of is that I tend to think
my way into circles instead of resolving anything. It's paralyzing and
boring for people around me.

(Edited from a long, though interesting, transcript  now available at here.)

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