"I want to convince you that irony, poker-faced silence, and fear of ridicule are distinctive of those features of contemporary U.S. culture (of which cutting-edge fiction is a part) that enjoy any significant relation to the television whose weird pretty hand has my generation by the throat. I’m going to argue that irony and ridicule are entertaining and effective, and that at the same time they are agents of a great despair and stasis in U.S. culture, and that for aspiring fictionists they pose terrifically vexing problems…”

- David Foster Wallace, 1993 (!)

Wallace, David Foster, E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction, Review of Contemporary Fiction, 13:2 (1993: Summer), p. 151 [pdf]read this!

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