I was going to write a long post about commercial fiction, about what exactly determines if a book is good or not, I was even going to try to be funny now and there, but then I remembered about this interview David Foster Wallace gave to German TV Channel ZDF Mediathek and realized that he did a much better job at explaining the phenomenon that I could ever hope to do.
So here are two short videos, less than five minutes each, with one of the greatest American writers of the last decade. Or the last two decades.
I highly recommend that you check out the entire interview, which can be found here. It’s well worth the time.