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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: What to Make of This?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2009 2:16 pm 
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p. 60:
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Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment: InterLace Telentertainment, 932/1864 R.I.S.C. power-TPs w/ or w/o console, Pink2, post-Primestar D.S.S. dissemination, menus and icons, pixel-free Internet Fax, tri- and quad-modems w/ adjustable baud, Dissemination-Grids, screens so high-def you might as well be there, cost-effective videophonic conferencing, internal Froxx CD-ROM, electronic couture, all-in-one consoles, Yushityu nanoprocessors, laser chromotography, Virtual-capable media-cards, fiber-optic pulse, digital encoding, killer apps; carpal neuralagia, phosphenic migraine, gluteal hyperadiposity, lumbar stressae.


p.620:
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Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment: InterLace Telentertainment, 932/1864 R.I.S.C. power-TPs w/ or w/o console, Pink2, post-Primestar D.S.S. dissemination, menus and icons, pixel-free InterNet Fax, tri- and quad-modems w/ adjustable baud, post-Web Dissemination-Grids, screens so high-def you might as well be there, cost-effective videophonic conferencing, internal Froxx CD-ROM, electronic couture, all-in-one consoles, Yushityu ceramic nanoprocessors, laser chromotography, Virtual-capable media-cards, fiber-optic pulse, digital encoding, killer apps; carpal neuralagia, phosphenic migraine, gluteal hyperadiposity, lumbar stressae.


I can't figure out why this passage (leaving the minor differences aside for the moment) appears twice. One possible link is that both appear after Gately has killed someone (I think he winds up killing the Canadian whose head he was bashing into the windshield; p. 60 being immediately after Gately is introduced.) Another Gately-related possibility is that Gately is indirectly responsible for the Antitois getting a copy of IJ, and the incident outside Ennet House lands him in the hospital where he eventually tries to acquire another copy of IJ.

On the other hand, it may have nothing at all to do with Gately. It could be the specs of a 585 r.p.m. TP that could be used to watch the master cartridge of IJ.

Anyone have any idea? Or perhaps a link or two to pages that might explain?

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 Post subject: Re: What to Make of This?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:50 am 
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It's because IJ is a fractal. Look at the pictures on the Wikipedia for the Mandelbrot set, which is a really neat fractal. Self-similarity, repetition across scale and space (the small looks the same as the large, like how a big river and a tiny drizzle of water on the ground both have the same kind of shape). There are lots of these repeating images in the novel.


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