But what has become one of the most celebrated essays from one of the most celebrated writers of the past quarter-century almost never happened.
“I do things like get in a taxi and say, ‘The library, and step on it.’” - Infinite Jest (1996) 13. Bees have to move very fast to stay still.” – Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (1999) 14. By all means stay home if you want, but don’t bullshit yourself that you’re not voting.
In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote.” - “Up, Simba!
His assignment was to cover Roger Federer, the virtuosic three-time defending champion of tennis's most prestigious event.
Though Wallace was able to finagle only 20 minutes with his subject, he turned in a dazzling meditation on the nature of Federer's kinetic genius and its context within the evolution of the sport.