E Unibus Pluram, David Foster Wallace (1990)

Originally published in The Review of Contemporary Fiction, this essay sketches a loose history of the American television industry advertising, U.S. fiction and advertisement. The title “E Unibus Pluram” means “from one, many” and is a solipsistic play on the American motto, “E Pluribus Unum,” which means “out of many, one.” While Wallace acknowledges that TV is fun, most evident from the fact that the average American watches … Continue reading E Unibus Pluram, David Foster Wallace (1990)