Scroll down to "like" An Attitude Adjustment on Facebook! And sign up to get emails every time there's a new post!

A Literary Gift

March 22, 2012

Is this copyright infringement? I don’t know. But what I’m about to share with you is an amazingly rendered and extremely short short story by David Foster Wallace. (Sorry. Hope those adverbs don’t make you think you’re about to read a title by Jonathan Safran Foer.) Begin quote—

A Radically Condensed History of Postindustrial Life

     When they were introduced, he made a witticism, hoping to be liked. She laughed extremely hard, hoping to be liked. Then each drove home alone, staring straight ahead, with the very same twist to their faces.

     The man who’d introduced them didn’t much like either of them, though he acted as if he did, anxious as he was to preserve good relations at all times. One never knew, after all, now did one now did one now did one.


—End quote.

I am nowhere near being ready to read Wallace’s Infinite Jest (I have a disdain for footnotes), but I do think the above work of fiction is brilliant.


–From Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, Little, Brown: New York, 1999.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...