The following is from the September 7, 1998, issue of The New Yorker:
The novelist David Foster Wallace, who has taught "Carrie" and "The Stand" to undergraduates at Illinois State, applauds the stylistic clarity of the early King books. "He's one of the first people to talk about real Americans and how they live, to capture real American dialogue in all its, like, foulmouthed grandeur," Wallace says. "He has a deadly ear for the way people speak, and for the nasty little domestic shit they pull on each other. Students come to me and a lot of them have been led to believe that there's good stuff and bad stuff, literary books and popular books, stuff that's redemptive and commercial shit -- with a sharp line drawn between the two categories. It's good to show them that there's a certain amount of blurring. Surface-wise, King's work is a bit televisual, but there's really a lot going on."