Another wonderful post on Brain Pickings! The articles here are so great, but this one especially stuck out to me. David Foster Wallace has been one the top writing figures I have studied throughout college, and one of the figures that many writing students of today seek to emulate. There has also been the question of whether or not he is 'overvalued' as a writer, but because he is someone that gives so much to the writing community, I really disagree with those who feel that way. While Wallace is no longer with us, his impact and thoughts about writing remain strong, and I particularly love this work. Garner extensively interviewed David Foster Wallace and published the conversation as "Quack This Way: David Foster Wallace and Bryan A. Garner Talk Language and Writing." Wallace, on learning to write: "In my experience with students—talented students of writing — the most important thing for them to remember is that someone who is not them and cannot read their mind is going to have to read this. In order to write effectively, you don’t pretend it’s a letter to some individual you know, but you never forget that what you’re engaged in is a communication to another human being. The bromide associated with this is that the reader cannot read your mind. The reader cannot read your mind. That would be the biggest one. Probably the second biggest one is learning to pay attention in different ways. Not just reading a lot, but paying attention to the way the sentences are put together, the clauses are joined, the way the sentences go to make up a paragraph."