Every Happy Days needs a Laverne and Shirley, and maybe even a Joanie Loves Chachi for good measure. So too is Infinite Summer spawning spin-offs.
Next week Infinite Jest will finally be published in German. At that time, the publisher is planning an Infinite Summer like read-along, and has a bunch of writers all lined up to participate. The official site 9all in German, natch) is http://www.unendlicherspass.de/.
For those who found I.J. a little too daunting (or too readable, and already finished), B. Mernit has launched Infinite Water, which encourages folks to read and discuss David Foster Wallace’s Kenyon Commencement Address.
Speaking of “This is Water”, the Telegraph has a long article on Infinite Jest, Infinite Summer, and David Foster Wallace. In it, Michael Pietsch speaks a bit about Wallace’s final and incomplete novel, The Pale King, to be published posthumously. The commencement is “very much a distillation” of the novel’s theme, says Pietsch, as well as “attention and awareness and discipline, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them over and over in myriad petty, unsexy ways every day.”
And at long last we have a blogroll. Chronic Infinite Jest bloggers are now listed here on the mothership, for your pursuing pleasure.
Oh, and a big congratulations to Chaz Formichella, who became the 1000th member of the Infinite Summer. We sent him a copy of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest: A Reader’s Guide to commemorate his achievement. Nice work!