5 thoughts on “David Foster Wallace on Commercial Literature and the Dread of Reading

  1. He says there maybe 1M readers that actually work to understand his effort.

    7 million Americans can’t read or write a thing, another 27 million cant fill out a job application, 30 million cant read a simple sentence. One third of Americans never read another book after graduating from high school, neither do 42 % of college graduates.

    Battling depression and a tsunami of media induced stupidity; it is a surprise that he lasted as long as he did.

  2. I don’t think Mr. Wallace realizes that the public schools are designed to encourage people to hate books and dread reading as a form of drudgery akin to cleaning toilets with a toothbrush.

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