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A note to readers new to Infinite Jest

A note to readers new to Infinite Jest

David Foster Wallace’s 1996 novel Infinite Jest poses rhetorical, formal, and verbal challenges that will confound many readers new to the text. 1,270 more words

Books

David Foster Wallace's 5 Grammarian Tips Every Anal Writer Should Know

I love looking back at David Foster Wallace’s teaching materials. They’re an interesting look into the mind of one of America’s most popular (and perhaps greatest)  writers of the past few decades (some would argue century).  429 more words

Chicago

Why I Have Given Up on Infinite Jest (For Now)

Dear friend,

It pains me to write to you with such a discouraging prospect, however it can’t be helped. I should also add that although “giving up” is indeed a dismal statement for one to make, it can also refer to someone coming to the realization that this one thing they are working on or putting a lot of effort into is not right for them at this particular moment in their life and therefore “giving up” is the healthy thing to do. 820 more words

2017

Trump the Political Jester, David Foster Wallace the Cultural Prophet

Serious Question: Has anyone happened to notice any uncanny similarities between some of the depictions of early 21st century America in David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest… 1,040 more words

Essay

Infinite Dissatisfaction in a Cruel Theater Called the World

David Foster Wallace once said in an interview:

Look, man, we’d probably most of us agree that these are dark times, and stupid ones, but do we need fiction that does nothing but dramatize how dark and stupid everything is?

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Asking,"What Did You Think Of Infinite Jest?" And 7 Other Ways To Convince People You’re Intellectual As Hell

How many times have you mingled at a slam poetry event, gone out to dinner with your significant other’s parents, or listened in on someone’s conversation in a Brooklyn coffee shop and felt like you were the least cultured person in the room? 570 more words

Misc.

And the Sun Shines Again

It’s been a pretty good month, despite various personal, climatological, and political frustrations. Raven’s annual New Year’s veterinary emergency wasn’t too bad or too expensive, just ripped the annular ligament, separating her little toe on her front foot, and nothing to be done about it but time and rest. 816 more words