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The Wasted Land

David Streitfeld / 1996

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from Details, March 1996; about IJ and how DFW has just bought a house in Normal, Illinois. very little original DFW material, but he does mention that he was brought up an atheist and is half-heartedly trying to become a Catholic

? (2012). The Wasted Land. In ? Conversations with David Foster Wallace. University Press of Mississippi, pp. 66-69

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[...] Brought up an atheist, he has twice failed to pass through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, the first step toward becoming a Catholic. The last time, he made the mistake of referring to "the cult of personality surrounding Jesus." That didn't go over big with the priest, who correctly suspected Wallace might have a bit too much skepticism to make a fully obedient Catholic. "I'm a typical American," says Wallace. "Half of me is dying to give myself away, and the other half is continually rebelling."

thought: maybe not giving yourself away is the hardest thing to do

—p.69 missing author 5¬†years ago

[...] Brought up an atheist, he has twice failed to pass through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, the first step toward becoming a Catholic. The last time, he made the mistake of referring to "the cult of personality surrounding Jesus." That didn't go over big with the priest, who correctly suspected Wallace might have a bit too much skepticism to make a fully obedient Catholic. "I'm a typical American," says Wallace. "Half of me is dying to give myself away, and the other half is continually rebelling."

thought: maybe not giving yourself away is the hardest thing to do

—p.69 missing author 5¬†years ago