Required reading: DFW on Lynch

“While I can’t help but respect and sort of envy the moral nerve of people who truly do not care what others think of them, people like this also make me nervous, and I tend to do my admiring from a safe distance. On (again) the other hand, though, we need to acknowledge that in this age of Hollywood “message” films and focus-group screenings and pernicious Nielsenism—Cinema By Referendum, where we vote with our entertainment-dollar either for spectacular effects to make us feel something or for lalations of moral clichés that let us remain comfortable in our numbness — Lynch’s rather sociopathic lack of interest in our approval seems refreshing/redemptive (if also creepy).” – David Foster Wallace, A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again

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