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Young Writers and the TV Reality

Donn Fry / 1997

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from _Seattle Times, march 1997. right after Supposedly was published. on today's fiction writers being raised in an environment that worshipped television, and how it's hard to teach his even younger students at ISU. says he gave up his TV five years ago. short but not devoid of interest

? (2012). Young Writers and the TV Reality. In ? Conversations with David Foster Wallace. University Press of Mississippi, pp. 73-75

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He means that the "backyard-barbecue and three-martini" mother lode of American realism mined by an earlier generation of writers--writers from Updike country--simpy fails to connect with him, either as writer or reader.

Rather, Wallace is a descendant of that subversive, anarchic branch of American literature ("Nabokov's children," he calls them) that began veering off the main stem in the 1960s: novelists such as Thomas Pynchon (Gravity's Rainbow), John Barth (The Sot-Weed Factor), Robert Coover (The Public Burning), William Gaddis (J R, The Recognitions), and--Wallace's favorite--Don DeLillo (White Noise, Libra).

—p.73 missing author 5¬†years ago

He means that the "backyard-barbecue and three-martini" mother lode of American realism mined by an earlier generation of writers--writers from Updike country--simpy fails to connect with him, either as writer or reader.

Rather, Wallace is a descendant of that subversive, anarchic branch of American literature ("Nabokov's children," he calls them) that began veering off the main stem in the 1960s: novelists such as Thomas Pynchon (Gravity's Rainbow), John Barth (The Sot-Weed Factor), Robert Coover (The Public Burning), William Gaddis (J R, The Recognitions), and--Wallace's favorite--Don DeLillo (White Noise, Libra).

—p.73 missing author 5¬†years ago