July 16th, 2010 / 10:51 am
Behind the Scenes

Ellis on Wallace

Everybody’s innovator-buddy Bret Easton Ellis, during a q/a in Hackney:
Question: David Foster Wallace – as an American writer, what is your opinion now that he has died?

Answer: Is it too soon? It’s too soon right? Well i don’t rate him. The journalism is pedestrian, the stories scattered and full of that Mid-Western faux-sentimentality and Infinite Jest is unreadable. His life story and his battle with depression however is really quite touching…

[via The Howling Fantods]

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207 Comments

  1. Guest

      Yeah. Spam filter is wack.

  2. Guest

      I just wrote an ad for America.

  3. Sade

      Bwah hah hah, this quote is full of awesome and win.

  4. Sade

      Bwah hah hah, this quote is full of awesome and win.

  5. Sade

      Bwah hah hah, this quote is full of awesome and win.

  6. matto

      I enjoyed reading Less than Zero and The Informers. I even enjoyed Lunar Park, which I can assure you has been described as “unreadable” its fair share. So I am not an Ellis hater by any stretch…but I don’t like his comments on DFW’s writings.
      To say that Infinite Jest is unreadable makes me think Ellis isn’t much of a reader. Maybe that’s not so groundbreaking a thought when talking about a pop culture novelist whose masterwork is 208 pages with copious margins. I wonder if Ellis got far enough along into Infinite Jest to the point where DFW slams him, bc its in there. Maybe that’s what made Infinite Jest unreadable for Ellis: knowing that his name would be read in a work not his own for such duration that the readers of the future wouldn’t even understand the reference.

  7. Tinman the sin man.

      I found Wallace’s words to be vapid and superficial.  I doubt he has read American Psycho or has never tried to get below the surface of the character.  The novel was directly the opposite of what Wallace was saying.  The depersonalization and superficial attributes of the character Patrick Bateman are a satire on the times, sure that’s fairly true but sentences like “We buy balloons.  We let them go.” shows a whimsy and to me shows that Ellis has hope for the future and isn’t just feeding into the depressed, crazy, sadomasochists in society.  I enjoy both authors but that answer disappointed me, It wasn’t well thought out or researched.  It was childish and i had expected better than that from him.