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Page 527, "Is it showing off if you hate it?"

Keeping track of the timing was crucial for me in the following¬†sections after this section’s bad news.

So on Nov. 10, well, dear god, OH NO. 196 more words

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Page 508, "This was how I first became interested in the possibilities of annulation."

Sorry so late on this – my parents were visiting me from halfway across the country. Priorities.

Surely by now it’s no secret that dear ol’ Himself was the creator of the samizdat, and Joelle was in it, and the wheelchair guys following Orin are probably linked to Marathe and his posse, right? 127 more words

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100 Cool Things #45

This is Water by David Foster Wallace. This is an abridged version of Wallace’s Kenyon college commencement speech about dealing with the tiny, annoying details in your life. 69 more words

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Infinite Legos 1: "I am in here"

After the wonderful conference at Illinois State University this past May, I decided to continue my DFW-inspired Lego creations and begin my “Infinite Legos” project, and attempt to Lego my way through… 36 more words

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IJ 723-795: Teeth, the Moms, and more absences

So there’s a lot of teeth imagery going on here, and anxiety over losing teeth. Hal has been having dental nightmares (this is¬†known about for awhile), and Joelle is obsessed with brushing her teeth (she’s doing so when Gately is attacked) because the Ennet House Residents tell her that base cocaine rots away the teeth. 784 more words

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Infinite Jest Progress: Page 194

That sometimes human beings have to just sit in one place and, like, hurt. That you will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.

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DFW on Cynicism in the States

There are so many good quotes, a lot of them very funny, in Infinite Jest. But this one really sticks with me. Not only because it is filled with large words I don’t understand, but it really nails an idea of America that I haven’t seen expressed as eloquently elsewhere. 488 more words