“I think for me there gets to be a sort of reversal after a while, and then mostly things don’t matter.”

“Reversal? Explain, explain.”

“This is embaressing.”


At first you maybe start to likes some person on the basis of, you know, features of the person. The way they look, or the way they act, or if they’re smart, or some combination or some thing. So in the beginning it’s I guess what you call features of the person that make you feel certain ways about the person.”

“Things are not looking at all good, here.”

“But then if you get to where you, you know, love a person, everything sort of reverses. It’s not that you love the person because of certain things about the person anymore; it’s that you love the things about the person because you love the person. It kind of radiates out, instead of in. At least that’s the way… oh, excuse me. That’s the way it seems to me.”

– Ch. 13, The Broom of the SystemDavid Foster Wallace


She watched how what she said made it hard to see out.

– Ch. 17, /g/, The Broom of the System, David Foster Wallace