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SHORT STORIES IN FOCUS - The Soul Is Not A Smithy (David Foster Wallace)

David Foster Wallace, who already appears to have secured himself a spot in America’s wing of the Western Canon, was a writer possessed of so many dazzling and unlikely faculties it is only to be expected that some of them should so far have gone unnoticed, or under-noticed, or subsumed in the fog of wholesale veneration. 3,230 more words


Over 200 vocabulary words collected from Infinite Jest

David Foster Wallace’s lexicon was the stuff of legends. His widely acclaimed novel Infinite Jest contains over 20,000 unique words. While working my way through this extraordinarily lengthy and complex book, I defined and recorded every word I didn’t know. 1,434 more words

The poetry of Paterson

PATERSON directed by Jim Jarmusch (USA, 2016)

What does take to be a poet? A way with words and a keen eye helps. Then you need time, both to think and to write. 593 more words


What Seeeking Infinite Jest Means

Fuck…shit…grr!!…gddmn….ugh!!….I swear to…..goddamn!!!! The hell is wrong with this stupid….ughhh!!!…………………….okay…I’m done.

I’m in a sad room with pale cubicles and fluorescent lights sucking the color out of the room, about to complete the GRE General exam. 1,988 more words

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Christmas Break Book List

As a college student, most of the books that I have time to read are assigned schoolbooks. Consequently, I’m usually left with an ever-growing list on my phone at the end of the year of books I need to read. 189 more words


Infinite Jest – Week Eight (pages 181-211)

Hello all. Next Tuesday, which will be our last meeting before we stop for Christmas, we’ll be discussing pp.181-211. These pages include the introduction of possibly my favourite character in the novel, Madame Psychosis; a map of Ennet House + surroundings; some more of the always-interesting Lyle; and a substantial section on Ennet and AA philosophy, which is the start of the stuff the novel is really deservedly famous for. 303 more words

Infinite Jest Readthrough

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying About This and Start Worrying About That

In an interview by Lisa Raskin in the most recent edition of Amherst magazine, David Kessler ’73 hypothesizes a common psychological mechanism for addiction, anxiety, depression, obsessive thoughts and violent anger. 3,105 more words