David Foster Wallace discusses his views about television’s impact on authors and their novels. David Foster Wallace is one of my personal favorites, especially his non-fiction works, which are simultaneously amusing and informative and prophetical.
DFW had this to say about the use of ironic pop culture references in fiction: “Anyone with the heretical gall to ask an ironist what he actually stands for ends up looking like an hysteric or a prig. And herein lies the oppressiveness of institutionalized irony, the too-successful rebel: the ability to interdict the question without attending to its subject is, when exercised, tyranny. It [uses] the very tool that exposed its enemy to insulate itself.”
Sadly, DFW took his own life in 2008, at the age of 46. He suffered from severe depression for much of his life.