I was wondering if anyone had an interpretation for the final line of Brief Interview #36 05-97. The story ends with a Q and then the interviewee saying "Who?" Any ideas on what the question may have been?
"Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (1999) is a collection of 23 short stories by American writer 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."
My best guess is that it has something to do with the interviewee's girlfriend and him saying "who?" illustrates how oblivious/self-absorbed he is. That having been said, I'm having trouble coming up with what the exact question/comment might be. I know that it being ambiguous is sort of the point of the format, but I'm curious to hear your ideas!