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I often think I can see it in myself and in other young writers, this desperate desire to please coupled with a kind of
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"I often think I can see it in myself and in other young writers, this desperate desire to please coupled with a kind of hostility to the reader"

- David Foster Wallace

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In this quote, David Foster Wallace assesses the frame of mind of young authors, including himself. He suggests that there is a common characteristic amongst them - a desperate desire to please. This might be interpreted as a need for recognition and acknowledgment from readers, which is understandable for aiming writers. Nevertheless, Wallace also notes a sense of hostility towards the reader that frequently accompanies this desire to please. This might be viewed as a defense mechanism, a method to secure oneself from possible criticism or rejection. In general, Wallace's observation highlights the complex and often conflicting emotions that young writers may experience in their pursuit of success.

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David Foster Wallace This quote is written / told by David Foster Wallace between February 21, 1962 and December 12, 2008. He was a famous Writer from USA. The author also have 25 other quotes.

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