Charlie Rose interviewed the late David Foster Wallace, a contemporary American author, on March 27, 1997.
DFW: If you wanted something really exciting or sexy, there really isn't much. I just got really unhappy— CR: But you were—I mean, it was drugs, you were suicidal, and the whole nine yards, yes? DFW: Yeah, here's why I'm embarrassed talking about it— CR: I want to know why. DFW: Not because I'm personally ashamed of it, but because everybody talks about it.
DFW: The people who most interest me now are people who are older and sort of been through a mid-life crisis. They tend to get weird because the normal incentives for getting out of bed don't tend to apply anymore. I have not found any satisfactory new ones but I'm also not getting ready to jump off a building or anything. CR: Well that's good news.