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‘Adult Life’ by David Foster Wallace

An interview with David Foster Wallace, which includes his reading of a passage from a piece called ‘Adult Life’. The narrator does a dance between a reminiscing adult and a child terrified of the inevitable boredom that waited for him at adulthood.

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On what it’s like to be working hard on your art after being marketed to all your life:

“You want your art to be hip and seem cool to people; you want people to like the stuff. But a great deal of what passes for hip and cool is now highly, highly commercially driven. Some of it I think is important art. The Simpsons is important art. On the other hand, it’s also — in my opinion — relentlessly corrosive to the soul when EVERYTHING is parodied and EVERYTHING is ridiculous. Maybe I’m old, but for my part I can be steeped in about an hour of it and then I sort of have to walk away and look at a flower.” — DFW

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