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The raison d’etre for fiction


Just finished reading DFW’s interview with Larry McCaffery (in the Review of Contemporary Literature, 1993 I think?).
HOLY CRAP YES = my reaction
It is a wonderful feeling to read something and get so freaking excited about what you’re reading that you want to yell YES YES YES (readgasm?) aloud, except that your roommate is napping and explaining yourself would be difficult.

Language as a relationship (I’ll have to read up on Wittgenstein some more). Fiction as a relationship (author+reader) and making the reader feel less lonely.
all that jazz.

This is the quote that after reading it, I immediately put my finger in the book and called my fellow DFW-loving friend to read it to him:

“In dark times, the definition of good art would seem to be art that locates and applies CPR to those elements of what’s human and magical that still live and glow despite the times’ darkness. Really good fiction could have as dark a worldview as it wished, but it’d find a way both to depict this dark world and to illuminate the possibilities for being alive and human in it.”

It’s either cold in my room or I’m getting chills from excitement.


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