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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

David Foster Wallace on Brief Lives of Hideous Men and gender relations

“[E]vents... are being related to [a hostile] interlocutor... so that there is a blur between how much of the stuff is involuntary and how much is the rhetoric of the presentation, because as far as I can see the one thing that most of these men have in common is an unconscious genius for self-presentation and self-defense.  They try to anticipate how they are going to be interpreted and head it off, which seems to me to be not all th[at] different from ordinary discourse between the sexes.”

David Foster Wallace, from Conversations with David Foster Wallace

University Press of Mississippi, 2012


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