“I do things like get in a taxi and say, ‘The library, and step on it.’”
– Infinite Jest (1996)

Everything takes time. Bees have to move very fast to stay still.” – Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (1999)

Fiction is one of the few experiences where loneliness can be both confronted and relieved. Drugs, movies where stuff blows up, loud parties — all these chase away loneliness by making me forget my name’s Dave and I live in a one-by-one box of bone no other party can penetrate or know. Fiction, poetry, music, really deep serious sex, and, in various ways, religion — these are the places (for me) where loneliness is countenanced, stared down, transfigured, treated.”

“Every love story is a ghost story.”