IDEAS: Do you miss Boston?
WALLACE: I miss parts of Brighton and Allston and the Back Bay very much. But I lived there for only three years and I moved away only a decade ago. I’ll go back at some point. Sure. Ride the B Line.
IDEAS: A friend of mine thinks that Infinite Jest should be understood as a Boston novel.
WALLACE: I think a lot of the dialect in there probably doesn’t make much sense if you don’t know Boston. Boston made a big impression on me, because linguistically it’s very different than where I’m from.
– from “Approaching Infinity,” an interview with David Foster Wallace conducted by Caleb Crain, originally published in The Boston Globe and reprinted in Conversations with David Foster Wallace, edited by Stephen Burn.