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Am I a good person? Deep down, do I even really want to be a good person, or do I only want to seem like a good person so that people (including myself) will approve of me? Is there a difference? How do I ever actually know whether I’m bullshitting myself, morally speaking? —  David… Continue reading David Foster Wallace

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And Lo, for the Earth was empty of Form, and void. And Darkness was all over the Face of the Deep. And We said: ‘Look at that fucker Dance.’ —David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest. (Back Bay Books; 1st Paperback Ed edition February 1, 1997)

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I’ll say God seems to have a kind of laid-back management style I’m not crazy about. I’m pretty much anti-death. God looks by all accounts to be pro-death. I’m not seeing how we can get together on this issue, he and I. ― David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest. (Back Bay Books; 1st Paperback Ed edition… Continue reading David Foster Wallace

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I’ll bet there’ll come a time when you realize you’re always gonna have about as much success as you need, and that’s fine.   — David Foster Wallace, from Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace by David Lipsky. (Broadway Books; 1 edition April 13, 2010)

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Look man, we’d probably most of us agree that these are dark times, and stupid ones, but do we need fiction that does nothing but dramatize how dark and stupid everything is? In dark times, the definition of good art would seem to be art that locates and applies CPR to those elements of what’s… Continue reading David Foster Wallace

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The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way… Continue reading David Foster Wallace

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