Is fiction going the way of poetry or no?
I think avant-garde fiction has already gone the way of poetry. And it's become involuted and forgotten the reader. Put it this way, there are a few really good poets who suffered because of the desiccation and involution of poetry, but for the most part I think American poetry has gotten what it's deserved. And, uh, it'll come awake again when poets start speaking to people who have to pay the rent, and fuck the same woman for thirty years. That's off the record: that's really nasty.
—David Foster Wallace entrevistado por David Lipsky en 1996, en Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself.