2faceA Radically Condensed History of

Postindustrial Life

by David Foster Wallace

When they were introduced, he made a

witticism, hoping to be liked. She laughed

very hard, hoping to be liked. Then each

drove home alone, staring straight ahead,

with the very same twist to their faces.

The man who’d introduced them didn’t much

like either of them, though he acted as if he

did, anxious as he was to preserve good

relations at all times.

One never knew, after all, now did one.

For more about David Foster Wallace (b. 21 febbraio 1962  d. Claremont, 12 settembre 2008)

Two-faced image from File Magazine collection