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If you can think of times in your life that youve treated people with extraordinary decency and love, and pure uninterested concern, just because they were valuable as human beings. The ability to do that with ourselves. To treat ourselves the way we would treat a really good, precious friend. Or a tiny child of ours that we absolutely loved more than life itself. And I think its probably possible to achieve that. I think part of the job were here for is to learn how to do it. I know that sounds a little pious. David Foster Wallace
— David Lipsky —

David Foster Wallace: We sit around and bitch about how TV has ruined the audience for reading-when really all it's done is given us the really precious gift of making our job harder.

— David Lipsky

The reality is that dying isn't bad, but it takes forever. And that forever is no time at all. I know that sounds like a contradiction, or maybe just wordplay. What it really is, it turns out, is a matter of perspective.
-David Foster Wallace "Good Old Neon" (2004)

— David Foster Wallace

Writers such as Richard Powers and the late David Foster Wallace have shown the path to a newer generation of writers for whom all national boundaries are quaint curiosities.

— Giles Foden

Stephen King is Cervantes compared with David Foster Wallace. We have no standards left.

— Harold Bloom

Every genuinely literary style, from the high authorial voice to Foster Wallace and his footnotes-within-footnotes, requires the reader to see the world from somewhere in particular, or from many places. So every novelist's literary style is nothing less than an ethical strategy-it's always an attempt to get the reader to care about people who are not the same as he or she is.

— Zadie Smith

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