There’s also a wonderful bit in which Dave’s discussing writerly craft, and he tells Lipsky, “One of the things about being a writer is you’re able to give the impression—both in lines and between the lines—that you know an enormous amount. That you know and have lived intimately all this stuff. Because you want it to have that kind of effect on the nerve endings. And it’s like—it’s something that I’m fairly good at. Is I think I can seem, I think I can seem like I know a whole lot about stuff that in fact pretty much everything that I know is right there.”

Former Premiere editor Glenn Kenny (who oversaw David Foster Wallace’s wonderful pieces on David Lynch and the AVN awards for said magazine), grappling with David Lipsky’s book on DFW.