Can you imagine your readers? And how do you imagine them?
I imagine the reader either pretty well educated, or being somebody with a lot of practice reading. There are parts of the book [Infinite Jest] that I think you've gotta sort of know that, you've gotta have had some practice reading hard stuff and know that there's a payoff for it.
I don't think somebody whose only experience reading long stuff is Anne Rice or Stephen King will find this—I think they'll find the demands on them just unacceptable, fairly early on. I don't really have any aspirations for a truly mass audience.
I think one thing about probably, you can expect that somebody who's willing to read and read hard a thousand-page book is gonna be somebody with some loneliness issues. Or somebody like me or perhaps like you, who isn't always able to get the sense of intimacy they need. You know, in regular day-to-day intercourse.
—David Foster Wallace entrevistado por David Lipsky en 1996, en Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself.