Infinite Summer

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 Post subject: Re: Can I read Infinite Jest in one week?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2009 12:51 pm 
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I tried this.

Reading schedule: 200 pages a day. No excuses.

It wasn't the most satisfying reading! :P


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 Post subject: Re: Can I read Infinite Jest in one week?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2009 10:01 pm 
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I did it, not on purpose. I certainly missed a TON. But I get sucked into things with good plots, and read fiction at about a page a minute. I spend two hours a day on the subway, and don't mind staying up until 3 in the morning on a work night. I didn't bother to look up words I don't know, and I'm finding now that major subplots were completely lost on me. But I knew from the beginning that I'd be reading it again, almost immediately, which is what I'm doing now.


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 Post subject: Re: Can I read Infinite Jest in one week?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2009 10:19 pm 
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It just seems strange to me...like asking if you can have all your sex for the year in one week.


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 Post subject: Re: Can I read Infinite Jest in one week?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2009 11:46 pm 
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kindermommy wrote:
I just spent 10 minutes on wikipedia discovering Walpurgisnacht- which isn't really even mentioned in the book, but is good to know about and makes things make more sense; in a hurry I'd have never noticed.
good luck, but slow down, I say. :shock:


That really enriches the Marathe/Steeply conversation taking place over the night of April 30 and all the Brockengespenstphanom stuff. Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Can I read Infinite Jest in one week?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 1:19 am 
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Side note: I read about 100 pages of Gravity's Rainbow before switching over to IJ. Seems to me they are barely comparable in terms of readability.


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 Post subject: Re: Can I read Infinite Jest in one week?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 11:10 am 
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josh71 wrote:
That really enriches the Marathe/Steeply conversation taking place over the night of April 30 and all the Brockengespenstphanom stuff. Thanks!


Brocken-hoovah? :lol:
Sorry...I will look it up...just amusing myself here.


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 Post subject: Re: Can I read Infinite Jest in one week?
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timnob wrote:
Side note: I read about 100 pages of Gravity's Rainbow before switching over to IJ. Seems to me they are barely comparable in terms of readability.


I stopped halfway through GR to take part in Infinite Summer and I figure that 1 page of Gravity's Rainbow equals about 10 - 15 pages of Infinite Jest.


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 Post subject: Re: Can I read Infinite Jest in one week?
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"I stopped halfway through GR to take part in Infinite Summer and I figure that 1 page of Gravity's Rainbow equals about 10 - 15 pages of Infinite Jest."

Jesus! Well, that settles it. I have given up the idea of ever attempting to read that book. How does Against the Day or one of his others compare to IJ? I've heard they're better than GR. He also has a new book coming out soon; I might try that one:

http://www.amazon.com/Inherent-Vice-Tho ... 487&sr=1-1


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 Post subject: Re: Can I read Infinite Jest in one week?
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Better in terms of readability I mean. Against the Day also got really good reviews, though, with some people if I recall saying it was a better artistic acheivement while also being more readable.


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 Post subject: Re: Can I read Infinite Jest in one week?
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bupkiss wrote:
"I stopped halfway through GR to take part in Infinite Summer and I figure that 1 page of Gravity's Rainbow equals about 10 - 15 pages of Infinite Jest."

Jesus! Well, that settles it. I have given up the idea of ever attempting to read that book. How does Against the Day or one of his others compare to IJ? I've heard they're better than GR. He also has a new book coming out soon; I might try that one:

http://www.amazon.com/Inherent-Vice-Tho ... 487&sr=1-1


From all preliminary reports, his new book is a pretty easy read. More Vineland than V.
I should also note that, with regards to the difficulty of GR, multiple readings really payoff and reveal the beauty of Pynchon's prose and the underlying logic of the book's structure. I am convinced that it is one of the greatest works of literature and deserves to rank with Shakespeare, Dante et al.


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