DFW: I’ve never had a beard. I’ve tried periodically to grow a beard, and when it resembles, you know, the armpit of a 15-year-old girl who hasn’t shaved her armpit, I shave it off. I do not have a head hanky on at this point, although I did recently, ’cause I just got back from running my dogs around the countryside.
Q: OK. How many dogs?
DFW: This is what’s technically known as “soft news,” isn’t it?
Q: Yes. So how many dogs?
Tom Socca interviews David Foster Wallace in 1998.
Update: Part II.