The late, great David Foster Wallace on, um, actual, you know, READERS

Posted: Sunday, November 21, 2010 in Community, Fiction, Hybrid Literature, On Writing
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David Foster Wallace at microphone

If you… succumb to the idea that the audience is too stupid, then there are two pitfalls… the avant-garde pitfall, where you have the idea that you’re writing for other writers… (or) crass, cynical, commercial pieces… done in a formulaic way…

…these two sides both come out of the same thing… contempt for the reader… The project that’s worth trying is to do stuff that has some of the richness… of avant-garde literary stuff, stuff that makes the reader confront things rather than ignore them, but to do that… in a way that it’s also pleasurable to read.

— from Salon


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