Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

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Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men cover.jpg
First Edition hardcover
Author David Foster Wallace
Cover artist John Fulbrook III
Country United States
Language English
Genre Short story
Publisher Little Brown and Company
Publication date
May 28, 1999
Media type Print (hardback, paperback)
Pages 288 pp
ISBN 0-316-92541-1
OCLC 40354776
813/.54 21
LC Class PS3573.A425635 B65 1999
Preceded by A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again
Followed by Everything and More

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (1999) is a collection of 23 short stories by David Foster Wallace. Several of the stories are entitled "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men" and are presented as transcripts of interviews with male subjects. The interviewer's questions are omitted from the transcripts, rendered merely as "Q." These stories and the rest of the collection are characterized by dark dry humor, alienation, and unconventional sexuality.

In 1997 Wallace was awarded the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction by editors of The Paris Review for "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men #6", which had appeared in the magazine and appears as "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men #20" in the collection.

Twelve of the "Interviews" were adapted into a stage play (Hideous Men) by Dylan McCullough in 2000, marking the first theatrical adaptation of any of Wallace's works. McCullough directed the premiere at the New York International Fringe Festival in August 2000.

21 of the interviews and stories were adapted and directed by David McGuff for Yellow Lab Productions entitled "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men." The production ran three nights, August 28-30 2014, at the Hill Country Arts Foundation's Point Theater on the Elizabeth Huth Coates indoor stage.

Actor John Krasinski of The Office has adapted and directed a film version on the "Brief Interviews" stories that was released in 2009. Julianne Nicholson plays Sara Quinn, the interviewer unnamed in the stories.

List of stories[edit]

  • "A Radically Condensed History of Postindustrial Life"
  • "Death Is Not the End"
  • "Forever Overhead"
  • "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men"
  • "Yet Another Example of the Porousness of Certain Borders (XI)"
  • "The Depressed Person"
  • "The Devil Is a Busy Man"
  • "Think"
  • "Signifying Nothing"
  • "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men"
  • "Datum Centurio"
  • "Octet"
  • "Adult World (I)"
  • "Adult World (II)"
  • "The Devil Is a Busy Man"
  • "Church Not Made with Hands"
  • "Yet Another Example of the Porousness of Certain Borders (VI)"
  • "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men"
  • "Tri-Stan: I Sold Sissee Nar to Ecko"
  • "On His Deathbed, Holding Your Hand, the Acclaimed New Young Off-Broadway Playwright's Father Begs a Boon"
  • "Suicide as a Sort of Present"
  • "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men"
  • "Yet Another Example of the Porousness of Certain Borders (XXIV)"

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