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Formed in the summer of 2009 to read David Foster Wallace's masterwork "Infinite Jest".
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 Post subject: the abbreviations are killing me
PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 4:01 pm 
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I just joined IS (started reading on my own and heard about this group) I'm on page 311. This may have previously come up BUT, what is O.N.A.N.?!?-- It's driving me crazy and if I missed it, or forgot it, I just don't have the energy to go back and try to find it. Has anyone started a list of unknowns to date? I loved that the years finally came up and often return to p.223.

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 Post subject: Re: the abbreviations are killing me
PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 4:19 pm 
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Organization of North American Nations. Onan was a character in the Bible who spilled his seed; masturbation is pejoratively called "onanism." DFW deliberately constructed the acronym.


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 Post subject: Re: the abbreviations are killing me
PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 5:28 pm 
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What, exactly, did you just join?

Haha, irony.

No, but seriously, the abbrevs. were some of my favorite parts, especially when I could figure them out. Sort of like solving a crossword puzzle, but often funnier.


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