David Foster Wallace sulle droghe e l’intrattenimento, da un’intervista del 2003 a una rete televisiva tedesca:
If you’re talking about the more general allure of drugs, […] it’s a pretty natural extension of corporate capitalist logic which is - i wanna feel exactly the way I wanna feel, which is good, for exactly this long and so I will exchange a certain amount of cash for the substance and I will do it.. But it’s all, of course, a lie because the control gradually goes away and it stops being that I want to do it and becomes that I feel I need to do it. And that shift from ‘I want something’ to ‘I feel I need it’ is a big one, yes. I mean, most of the problems in my life have to do with my confusing what I want and what I need.
Più avanti nell’intervista:
American economic and cultural systems that work very well, um, in terms of, in terms of selling people products and keeping the economy thriving, do not work as well when it comes to educating children or helping us help each other know how to live…and to be happy… if that word means anything. That feeling of having to obey every impulse and gratify every desire, is, it seems to me to be a strange kind of slavery. Nobody talks about it as such, though. [Everyone] talks about it as freedom of choice, and you have the right to have things.
Che ricorda un passaggio di This is Water:
The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.