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Sunday, December 30, 2012

David Foster Wallace on the basic problem in all writing

“[I]n a weird way, there’s really only one basic problem in all writing--how to get some empathy with the reader....  It’s really not completely different from the question, how do you get a reader to inhabit the consciousness of a character who, say, isn’t a hero or isn’t a very nice guy, and feel that person’s humanity and something of his 3-D contours while not pretending he’s not a monster.”
David Foster Wallace, from Conversations with David Foster Wallace

University Press of Mississippi, 2012


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