“If your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything.” – David Foster Wallace
Interview by Leonard Lopate, WNYC: March 4, 1996
David Foster Wallace: You know, the whole thing about perfectionism. The perfectionism is very dangerous, because of course if your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything. Because doing anything results in— It’s actually kind of tragic because it means you sacrifice how gorgeous and perfect it is in your head for what it really is. And there were a couple of years where I really struggled with that.
David Foster Wallace: I played serious tennis when I was a child. I played it enough to start to feel like it was beautiful.
Leonard Lopate: You were 17th in the United States Tennis Association Western Section when you were 14 years old…
David Foster Wallace: That sounds very impressive. That’s a regional ranking and it means that I was probably 4,000th in the nation for my age group.… Read the rest