An exchange on wallace-l

An exchange on the David Foster Wallace mailing list after reading this remembrance from a Pomona colleague:

Me: Since you mentioned it, I have to ask: was he fond of The Wire? The Wire, to me, comes very close to the ideal he wrote about in his Dostoevsky essay about the modern novel, even if it was more of a telenovel.

KF: He was, in fact, extremely fond of The Wire -- he stopped me in the hall one day last year and said, look, I really want to sit down and pick your brain about this, because I'm really developing the conviction that the best writing being done in America today is being done for The Wire. Am I crazy to think that?

And all I could think was -- David Foster Wallace wants to pick MY brain?

For some reason, this exchange put me in a much better mood.


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Well, sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeit.

Jon May | Tue, 09/16/2008 - 5:12pm

I can't believe I was so close to him and never knew. At least he got to watch the Wire to completion.

I would have loved for DFW to take a stab at writing for TV. It might be filled with hacks, but a lot of great novelists are trying their hand at it. Richard Price, Michael Cunningham, etc. Pays a crap load better than books.

Los Angeles Anthony | Tue, 09/16/2008 - 5:25pm

It's surprised me how many DFW fans in the media have crawled out of the woodwork in the past few days. Such a freakin' waste.

Lorelei | Tue, 09/16/2008 - 5:50pm

CrazyMonk, I thought of you right away when I heard the sad news. Thanks for the link to the McSweeny's thread.

Pipsqueak | Fri, 09/19/2008 - 4:48am