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Thank you for this article--a very well-written and balanced critique. Reading it proved quite educational for me. I especially like your point about irony being a privileged reaction to experience, and Wallace's line about TV culture's mockery absorbing all ridicule. Your breakdown of the Big Postmodern Writers into multiple waves also helped me to organize them mentally. Much appreciated!

But Dan. David Foster Wallace was never, never ever, wrong about anything. David Foster Wallace is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life.

Nice. The essay has always been fuzzy to me, and I think that's due to the overestimation of the reach of these writers that you point out. It works better as a manifesto or a sort of plea: "We have to offer something different from, say, Seth Macfarlane."

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  • Daniel Green is a literary critic and sometime fiction writer. His reviews, critical essays, and fiction have appeared in a variety of publications, both online and in print. He has a Ph.D focusing on postwar American fiction and an M.A. in creative writing.

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