David Foster Wallace Quotes

From 9 March, 2009 New Yorker article titled “The Unfinished” by D. T. Max:

“Maybe dullness is associated with psychic pain, because something that’s dull or opaque fails to provide enough stimulation to distract people from some other, deeper type of pain that is always there, if only in an ambient low-level way, and which most of us spend nearly all our time and energy trying to distract ourselves from.”

“Really good fiction could have as dark a worldview as it wished, but it’d find a way both to depict this world and to illuminate the possibilities for being alive and human in it.”

“Writing fiction takes me out of time…That’s probably as close to immortal as we’ll ever get.”

“I believe I want adult sanity, which seems to me the only unalloyed form of heroism available today.”

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About Eric Chandler

Husband. Father. Pilot. Cross Country Skier. Writer. Author of Outside Duluth and Down In It.
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