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The Eye of Sauron

David Foster Wallace and the Interview

Can a person really be authentic while also trying to attract attention?
Is authenticity even possible in a promotional context? Does the act of promoting oneself turn everything a person does into a slick commercial gimmick?

Nowhere is Wallace’s unease more apparent than in his 1997 interview with Charlie Rose. The interview is Wallace’s only significant appearance on American television, and in it Wallace frequently winces and grimaces at his own responses.



Writers, artists, and thinkers celebrating David Foster Wallace. A publication from A24 and the upcoming film THE END OF THE TOUR.

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Mike Miley

Teacher. Writer. White Male Feminist who believes Black Lives Matter. My writing focuses on cinema and David Foster Wallace.