Fictional Fun

July 30, 2006
(was 04.03.2005)

There’s no writer who’s hipper, more self-consciously knowing, than David Foster Wallace.  But even he can take only so much ironic hipness.  He says it is relentlessly corrosive to the soul. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, assessing the state of fiction, with David Foster Wallace and other writers.

  1. Deborah Treisman and George Saunders on The New Yorker

    Deborah Treisman is fiction editor of The New Yorker magazine. George Saunders is one of her star writers. Treisman and Saunders join Steve Paulson to talk about writing and publishing short stories.

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  2. Elliot Perlman on "Seven Types of Ambiguity"

    Elliot Perlman is a Barrister in his native Australia. He’s also the author of a novel called “Seven Types of Ambiguity,” told by seven different narrators.

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  3. Jennifer Weiner on Chick Lit

    Jennifer Weiner is one of the star authors of chick lit and she’s made her peace with having a less-than-Ivy-League literary reputation, despite her Princeton education.

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  4. David Foster Wallace on "Oblivion"

    David Foster Wallace tells Steve Paulson he’s getting tired of irony and that he’s very serious about the mission of fiction.

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