David Foster Wallace interview clip from german tv. Highly recommend all 9 parts if you like this one. In answering what makes literature special, he talks about how it enables you to “inhabit someone else,” experiencing thoughts/feelings not unlike yours, that you might otherwise think are demented, and how there’s a “tremendous reassurance about that kind of communion and empathy.” He also alludes to a writer who said his role was “to comfort the disturbed and to disturb the comfortable” which I felt comforted by.
“Something happens where you just don’t care—or it’s not that you don’t care, it’s just, you know—you just can’t keep fakin’ it, you can’t keep being fake. And some people either harden, into a sort of a glazed version of their fake selves, or you let it go…”
“People that get successful and go ‘Well of course I am. I’m special.’ No you’re not. You’re a dirty monkey. And you freak-lucked into a pile of money, and it’s gonna be gone at some point.”