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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: Re: First Orin section
PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 2:17 pm 
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I know I'm coming to this discussion a little late, and I'm guessing this has probably already been brought up elsewhere, but I love that Orin is a punter, which means that his job is to salvage as much as possible from a losing situation.


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 Post subject: Re: First Orin section
PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2009 9:42 am 
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OneBigParty wrote:
pg. 44: the bird. [...] The dead bird still makes flying motions, propelled by forces around it to keep it going under the water, disappearing and reappearing in a kind of endless circle, a sham of flight. This recalls the notion of the "recursive loop" (p. 34). It is the most bleak image in the book so far for me. [...] Orin wakes some days with "--the soul's certainty that the day will have to be not traversed but sort of climbed, vertically" (p. 46), and that he falls down at the end of it all only to have to do the same thing all over again the next day and the next, like the myth of Sisyphus: the ceaseless rolling of a rock to the top of a mountain and having it fall back of it's own weight, repeating the process endlessly.

This is really great work, OneBigParty! I've got a lengthy blog entry just posted that traverses some of these same themes: http://infinitetasks.wordpress.com/2009 ... -bad-sign/

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 Post subject: Re: First Orin section
PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2009 11:47 am 
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The falling wren also seems to link back to Hamlet when Horatio is reminded of the "Special providence in the fall of a sparrow" V.ii.215-16.


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 Post subject: Re: First Orin section
PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 8:36 pm 
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I wanted to bring this up a while ago, but it was ahead of the spoiler line, and now we're way past it, but whatever!

The second Orin section (page 65-66) is all about how Orin must dress as a bird (a Cardinal) and drop down from the sky to the stadium floor below. And he HATES it. So was the bird falling from the sky a bad omen because he knew he would in a sense be falling from the sky soon (the first section is October, the second is November 1)?

"Why do we stand for this! I'm an athlete! I'm not a freak-show performer!"

Does he hate it so much because it highlights that in essence he is a performer?


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