In dark times, the definition of good art would seem to be art that locates and applies CPR to those elements of what’s human and magical that still live and glow despite the times’ darkness. Really good fiction could have as dark a worldview as it wished, but it’d find a way both to depict this world and to illuminate the possibilities for being alive and human in it.
David Foster Wallace, interviewed by Larry McCaffery
Optimist? Pessimist? Even if things are horrible, life can still be very, very good.
I guess it could be nice to be a bit more of the “hopeful” and a little less of the “realist.” The horrible is what circles in my head; yet I am convinced of the good.
30th Street Station.