David Foster Wallace On "Infinite Jest"

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The most famous thing David Foster Wallace wrote is Infinite Jest, his huge, sprawling novel set in a dystopian near future. It’s been more than 20 years since he wrote it, and it’s a little eerie how well he predicted our world today — including the election of someone a lot like President Trump. 

One thing about doing a radio show for a long time is that we’ve got a pretty deep archive. In 1996, the year Infinite Jest we spoke with David Foster Wallace, explaining why he named the book for a movie that kills people who watch it.