I watched American Psycho the other night, and it occurred to me afterward that it was as if Crime and Punishment and The Double had been spliced together. I checked it out and the epigraph to American Psycho is actually from Dostoevsky, so I'm probably not far off. Now I'm trying to write a little about Wallace and Raymond Carver: I know that Wallace adored Dostoevsky, and I've just learned that Carver loved telling the story of D's last-minute reprieve by the firing squad. In this triangle materializes the figure of Raskolnikov begging for mercy -- the man on his knees not even knowing why -- showing up in Wallace's Brief Interviews and Carver's "Intimacy" too. Dostoevsky is everywhere.