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.

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