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From andbutso.com's database of David Foster Wallace quotes:

Dalkey Archive Press interview with Larry McCaffery: part 3

DFW: Really good work probably comes out of a willingness to disclose yourself, open yourself up in spiritual and emotional ways that risk making you really feel something. To be willing to sort of die in order to move the reader, somehow. Even now I'm scared about how sappy this'll look in print, saying this. And the effort actually to do it, not just talk about it, requires a kind of courage I don't seem to have yet. I don't see that kind of courage in Mark Leyner or Emily Prager or Bret Ellis. I sometimes see flickers of it in Vollmann and Daitch and Nicholson Baker and Amy Homes and Jon Franzen. It's weird -- it has to do with quality but not that much with sheer writing talent. It has to do with the click. I used to think the click came from, 'Holy shit, have I ever just done something good.' Now it seems more like the real click's more like, 'Here's something good, and on one side I don't much matter, and on the other side the individual reader maybe doesn't much matter, but the thing's good because there's extractable value here for both me and the reader.' Maybe it's as simple as trying to make the writing more generous and less ego-driven.

It's quote #100, in case you want to find it yourownself.

Also, I'm thinking about reading Infinite Jest again. It's a sickness.

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