January 12, 2008

My whole life I've been a fraud

David Foster Wallace's short story "Good Old Neon" (from his book of short stories, Oblivion) begins:
"My whole life I've been a fraud. I'm not exaggerating. Pretty much all I've ever done all the time is try to create a certain impression of me in other people. Mostly to be liked or admired. It's a little more complicated than that, maybe. But when you come right down to it it's to be liked, loved. Admired, approved of, applauded, whatever. You get the idea."

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