I finished Infinite Jest late late last night, and I already want very badly to read it again.
YES! Reading Infinite Jest too at the moment!!! How do you like it? I’d be interested in hearing your take. Hope college treats you well xx
I love it. It’s incredibly beautiful and true. It makes me feel connected, and sad (esp. for DFW), and more real. It’s very life-affirming, I guess is what I’m saying. And it seems to hone in on a very specific idea of what America is, one that, again, rings incredibly true.
The New Yorker is currently running a bunch of excerpts from a new biography about David Foster Wallace, which you may want to check out at some point (perhaps not immediately, since the excerpts seem to largely examine DFW alongside Infinite Jest, and, you know, spoilers and shit).
How far are you in the book? I’m at like page 660.
…which feels like a completely crazy thing to do now that I’m in college, and in particular at a college that is known for having quite a lot to do in the ways of work.
But I’m pretty far in, and I think I can maybe finish it this semester. Hopefully. It’ll happen, I’m sure of it.
Just plodding along. Had a cookie and some coffee. I haven’t biked in an uncomfortably long amount of time, so I may do that today if napping doesn’t overtake me. The life of a pre-graduate, pleasant and restrained.
(Also I will see John C. Reillly play the banjo tonight so this is a great day in some very unexpected ways.)
MY COPY OF INFINITE JEST IS WELL-WORN
(so well-worn, in fact, that the cover just fell off on the brief journey from hammock to deck chair) and it smells strongly of book and vaguely of sunscreen and it’s just one of the most comforting objects i own.
all my favorite things are greying and damaged, like the stuffed bear i’ve had since infancy.
Oh hey, I’m reading Infinite Jest right now. Going on that journey. It may soon become all I can talk about on this blog.
Nah, nah it won’t. Anyway, it’s really good and I’m pretty sure it’s gonna make me cry tonight.
A secret: I’m also reading it like this. I’m reading it on both formats interchangeably and keeping the notes in sync. It’s a good exercise to review and retain what I’m reading. It also fulfills my obsessive need to keep all my information with me always.