David Foster Wallace
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June 29, 2015 7:00 AM EDT
Shane Parrish writes Farnam Street

David Foster Wallace, who has brought us gems such as This is Water and insights into ambition and perfectionism, was the guest editor of the 2007 edition of Best American Essays.

His introduction explores why pre-formed positions are so appealing and how the role of having people decide for us has no clear alternative.

Commenting on how essays and other pre-packaged models of thinking help us deal with information and stimuli overload, Wallace writes:

And commenting on the role of Google and curators alike as deciders for us Wallace writes:

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This piece originally appeared on Farnam Street.

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