There’s a brief snippet of DFW’s thoughts on reading/watching, which can be found in its entirety inÂ Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster WallaceÂ —
“You teach the reader that heâ€™s way smarter than he thought he was. I think one of the insidious lessons about TV is the meta-lesson that youâ€™re dumb. This is all you can do. This is easy, and youâ€™re the sort of person who really just wants to sit in a chair and have it easy. When in fact there are parts of us, in a way, that are a lot more ambitious than that. And what we needâ€¦ is seriously engaged art that can teach again that weâ€™re smart. And thatâ€™s the stuff that TV and movies â€” although theyâ€™re great at certain things â€” cannot give us. But that have to create the motivations for us to want to do the extra work, to get those other kinds of artâ€¦ Which is tricky, because you want to seduce the reader, but you donâ€™t want to pander or manipulate them. I mean, a good book teaches the reader how to read it”
And if we’re talking about David Foster Wallace and TV, I recommend this link –Â courtesy of Slate.com: “Uncut 84-Minute Interview with David Foster Wallace” –Â in which he shares his thoughts about television as a medium, avante garde art, and many other things.