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Because we only know for sure what is going on in our own heads, it is impossible to know the feelings, thoughts, stories, and motives behind the actions of the people we interact with. Outward appearance is the only thing we have to work with when we assess the people around us. David Foster Wallace's work often deals with the way people manipulate their appearance to better suit their situation, as well as the self-consciousness and skepticism that inevitably comes when we know that people are behaving differently for the sake of their appearance.

Occurrences in Wallace's work