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David Foster Wallace


U.S. professor and author of novels, essays, and short stories

“Handwritten corrections on typed work (stuff crossed out, added, words respelled) are not only accepted but encouraged, since they’re usually signs of sedulous proofreading. Better right than neat (as long as it’s readable).”

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source: Syllabus for David Foster Wallace’s class “English 102-Literary Analysis: Prose Fiction Fall ’94,” Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin; link here

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“In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote.”

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source: “Up Simba,” in Consider the Lobster and Other Essays (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2005), 207.

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“You can be in the middle of a creative meeting at your job or something, and enough material can rush through your head just in the little silences when people are looking over their notes and waiting for the next presentation that it would take exponentially longer than the whole meeting just to try to put a few seconds’ silence’s flood of thoughts into words.”

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source: “Good Old Neon,” in Oblivion: Stories (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2004), 150.

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