Install this theme
I think he had a complicated relationship with all of pop culture. He told me a great story about when he was teaching at Illinois State and he was given an audio tape of a band that he fell in love with, and he came into his graduate seminar and said, ‘I might be crazy, but I think this band is great and you all need to hear this right now.’ He then played for his students ‘Nevermind’ by Nirvana. It was about seven years after the album had been released.
Parks & Rec creator Mike Schur on David Foster Wallace, in Poking a Dead Frog (via nickdouglas)
Everything takes time. Bees have to move very fast to stay still.
David Foster Wallace, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (via likeafieldmouse)
The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.
David Foster Wallace (via iconsabstract)
She knew it was love when Wallace agreed to go to Hawaii with her early in their relationship. Hawaii represented two of many phobias: air travel, and the possibility of swimming with sharks. While Green was in the ocean, Wallace would routinely stand on the shore, yelling anecdotal statistics about shark attacks at her.
She knew it was love when Wallace agreed to go to Hawaii with her early in their relationship. Hawaii represented two of many phobias: air travel, and the possibility of swimming with sharks. While Green was in the ocean, Wallace would routinely stand on the shore, yelling anecdotal statistics about shark attacks at her.

peterwknox:

David Foster Wallace - Conversation (San Francisco, 2004) (by sdeslimbes)

DFW suggests his short story, Little Expressionless Animals, from The Girl with Curious Hair collection for people to start with, in response to an audience question. Fantastic recording.

philk:

summeromegadeth:

bthny:

this photo of Jason Segal as DFW is going to stay open in a tab for the rest of the day so that I can click back over to it whenever I need a good lol

D F C

philk:

summeromegadeth:

bthny:

this photo of Jason Segal as DFW is going to stay open in a tab for the rest of the day so that I can click back over to it whenever I need a good lol

D F C

What passes for hip cynical transcendence of sentiment is really some kind of fear of being really human, since to be really human […] is probably to be unavoidably sentimental and naïve and goo-prone and generally pathetic.
Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace (via iconsabstract)
Ghosts talking to us all the time — but we think their voices are our own thoughts.
David Foster Wallace in a draft of “Good Old Neon,” a short story published in Oblivion: Stories (2004) (via D.T. Max’s Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, p. 324 (Notes))