It seems like the big distinction between good art and so-so art lies somewhere in the art’s heart’s purpose, the agenda of the consciousness behind the text. It’s got something to do with love. With having the discipline to talk out of the part of yourself that can love instead of the part that just wants to be loved.

David Foster Wallace, quoted in Greg Carlisle’s Liverpool Keynote Address on David Foster Wallace – Consider David Foster Wallace Conference, University of Liverpool, July 29-30, 2009