In this previously unaired clip, David Foster Wallace reflects on the dangers of perfectionism, his early tennis career, and his tendency to be a grammar Nazi.
The interview was originally recorded in 1996, for WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show, when Wallace came on to discuss his now classic postmodern novel Infinite Jest.
The animated video is part of the PBS Digital Studios series Blank On Blank:
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