Foster Wallace: East vs. Midwest

"The smell is both vomity and excremental, like some hideous digestive disorder on a grand scale. Maybe a cholera ward would come close. The owners and swineherds all have on rubber boots nothing like L.L. Bean East-Coast boots. Some of the standing swine commune through the bars of their pens, snouts almost touching. The sleeping swine thrash in dreams, their hind legs working. Unless they're in distress, swine grunt at a low constant pitch. It's a pleasant sound." (94)


Foster Wallace, David. "Getting Away From Pretty Much Already Being Away From it All", in A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again. New York: Little, Brown and Co., 1997.