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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