Charlie Rose interviews David Foster Wallace, 4/4





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Uploaded on Apr 11, 2010

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.


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