The Inimitable DFW

I have this—here's this thing where it's going to sound sappy to you. I have this unbelievably like five-year-old's belief that art is just absolutely magic. And that good art can do things that nothing else in the solar system can do. And that the good stuff will survive, and get read, and that in the great winnowing process, the shit will sink and the good stuff will rise.

— David Foster Wallace, from Although of course you end up becoming yourself: a road trip with david foster wallace