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From where did David Foster Wallace draw inspiration for writing style and technique?

Post-modern authors from the generation (or two) of authors preceding David Foster Wallace are commonly cited as his influences (this interview for example) with regard to his writing style. The usual ...
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What is the source of this David Foster Wallace quote? Can't tell if it's actually him or not

It's from an interview of David Foster Wallace conducted by Gerald Howard, his former editor, for Elle magazine volume 11 issue 6, some time in 1996, the year Wallace's magnum opus Infinite Jest was ...
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What is the source of this David Foster Wallace quote? Can't tell if it's actually him or not

Luckily, people on the internet have already done the heavy lifting to track down the exact source of this quote. It's from an interview with Gerald Howard which was published in 1996 in the magazine ...
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Where is the "unborable" quote in The Pale King?

Found It! Page 440, at the end of Chapter 44. The whole quote is: The key is the ability, whether innate or conditioned, to find the other side of the rote, the picayune, the meaningless, the ...
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"This Is Water" David Foster Wallace Commencement Speech Fish Story Reference

Pre-2005 is not hard since it was mentioned in Infinite Jest (1996). A biker from AA group tells the joke/story to Don Gately. It’s not clear if this joke was invented or adapted by Wallace. Infinite ...
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What is the source of this David Foster Wallace quote? Can't tell if it's actually him or not

It's in an interview by Gerald Howard in Elle magazine, February 1996, titled "Infinite Jester". It can be found reprinted in the book David Foster Wallace: The Last Interview, and Other ...
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