“”: so went the standard withering dismissal of John Updike that David Foster Wallace quoted . Wallace was describing the scorn that readers his age felt for the mid-century writers he called “Great Male Narcissists” — Norman Mailer and Philip Roth, too, but John Updike in particular. Updike was the one who inspired real disdain; he was shorthand for literary male chauvinism, for all the hoary tomfoolery that might lead an enlightened reader of the ‘90s to roll her eyes. Wallace claimed to be something of an Updike fan (or, at least, not a total hater), but he was ultimately sympathetic to this attitude.
When you were sent out to profile David Foster Wallace, how hard was it to gain his trust?
David Lipsky: Well, it was pretty hard, in that he'd try to read what kind of person you were and then try to give you an answer that would suit the publication you were from or what he guessed your values were. So at first he did a lot of joking about how he hoped he'd meet girls through the success of the book — that didn't seem like him at all. The first couple days he kept doing stuff like that and I kept kind of teasing him about not doing stuff like that. But then we were supposed to fly from Bloomington to Minneapolis — the last leg of his tour — and the Bloomington airport got snowed in, we had to drive to Chicago and then fly out of O'Hare, we had a couple days in Minneapolis and then we had to drive back from Chicago. And I think anyone you do a long car trip with, you have to open up to at some point. So I think Henry Ford got us together.
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On the other hand, has any male writer ever not felt threatened by David Foster Wallace? His stature is bound up in masculine competition, whether the rival in question is a temporary interloper like Lipsky or a longtime friend like Jonathan Franzen. (“I felt, ” of reading It was clear that it was not going to be appropriate of me to try to compete at the level of rhetoric and the level of formal invention that he had achieved.”) For these men, Wallace stands as a challenge to be confronted, just as the paperback brick of stands as a challenge to the guy hauling it on the G train.
Postmodernism in David Lynch’s Blue Velvet | Hooves …
David Foster Wallace, author of , gets inside the head of a young Christian man, who sits with his pregnant girlfriend in the park as they agonize over the decision to get an abortion.
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David Foster Wallace (February 21, 1962 – September 12, 2008) was an American author of novels, essays and short-stories, and a professor at Pomona College in Claremont, California. He was known for his 1996 novel , which included in its All-Time 100 Greatest Novels list (covering the period 1923-2006).
Reader Response Criticism: An Essay – Literary Theory …
is David Foster Wallace’s posthumous novel, first published in 2011 and republished in paperback recently with four additional chapters. It comprises of twelve complete chapters that were left on Foster Wallace’s writing desk, along with other drafts and notes. It is about a group of people who work at the IRS in Peoria, Illinois, in 1985. In his introduction, the editor Michael Pietsch, admits that is not the novel that Foster Wallace would have published had be still been alive, but it’s all that we have. Nevertheless, had Foster Wallace finished the novel it would still be boring.
Ecocriticism: An Essay – Literary Theory and Criticism …
The Blue Velvet scene was uncomfortable and powerful not because it reminded me of what David Foster Wallace would term my essential aloneness (Aloneness), but because it resonated with an American experience so common it’s pointless to call out its grotesquerie.