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November 26, 2012

"Name me one contemporary fiction writer who required his college training to be a writer"

and if you say David Foster Wallace I swear to god I'm going to pumpkin your house.

I think the only reason The New Yorker keeps shoving him down my throat is because he-- the guy, not his work-- is an academic's aspirational fantasy, a compromise between two worlds: mild mannered writing professor by day, brooding and non-balding antihero by night, a last chance at "I can be cool, too" for the late 30s associateļ£° professor who thinks that intelligence alone is insufficient reason to be labeled a man. -- The Last Psychiatrist: Hipsters On Food Stamps, Part 1

Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 26, 2012 2:38 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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