David Foster Wallace, on success


Bookselling This Week: What has been the most satisfying part about all your success?

David Foster Wallace: What do you mean by success?

BTW: Being accepted by a major publisher, all the acclaim.

DFW: Well there’s no better feeling than working hard at something and having it come out good, even before you put the stamp on it. But with all the public stuff… it’s sort of how you like people to be nice to your child. There’s so much bullshit to trying to get accepted – reading a mean letter from someone you don’t even know, getting rejected. I think you need to invest way more into how it feels when you are in a room writing by yourself.

Full DFW interview with American Booksellers Association