The Writings Of David Foster Wallace



David Foster Wallace, a 34 year old teacher at Illinois State University has been considered by many to be a “literary it-boy”. In his short stories he attempts to open up the reader to a world of reality. Through his writing he describes what the common writer refuses to write--the nature of topics and thoughts only spoken about indirectly. One of his favorite topics is addiction. Whether it be addiction to television, drugs, or even sex, he refuses to hide what society deems as immoral, but what is normal in America. The Oregon Voice inferred in an interview with Wallace by stating: “You’ve said in other interviews that living in America today is a sad thing” (Oregon Voice ...

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this piece of work he stands, unwilling to denounce his creation. Frankly, he refuses to denounce any of his creations. Critics may pick here and there at his work, but this does not bother him in the slightest.
Another commonality is that he never truly ends a story. He always leaves it unfinished and for the reader to decide for themselves how it will end. An example of this is also in the story “Girl With Curious Hair”: “...Mr. Wonderful was doing something with the bright thing to the man who was the girl’s father” (Wallace 74). Also in his stories, in the structure category, he comes into a situation very abruptly. This makes the reader have to go back and read the story again to make sure that their assumptions were correct. Such as in the story called “Here and There”: “Her photograph tastes bitter to me” (Wallace 151). He also uses basic descriptions and doesn’t go into any depth with his characters, he uses just plain circumstances to build their personalities. ...

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