munchman: David Foster Wallace is a ‘Tune

infinitereadNo, really.

The late, lamented big guy, master of the 8000 word long sentence and 225 page digression, has been a literary idol since people first heard rumors of the existence of his Oh God this is too long don’t make me read it controversial paean to self-absorption,  much praised and even more discussed novel Infinite Jest. But all that time we thought he was human.

And now it turns out that he was also an animated hero, like He-Man, say, but without the action figures. It further turns out that he had a lot of interesting thoughts to express…and that when he spoke he somehow managed to express them much more concisely and clearly than when he wrote.

Case in point: