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Infinite Summer • View topic - Endnote 24

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I'll admit that I didn't read the entire filmography. I can appreciate DFW's attention to detail, but I just can't force myself to read all of that.

Is there any information that is important to the plot that I need to glean from the list other than the subsidized timeline? I just saw all the attempts that J.O.I took at making Infinite Jest.


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From the filmography you get the sense that a lot of the films he is making is actually is part of his life. For instance, It Was a Great Marvel That He Was in the Father Without Knowing Him seems to be the section back on pages 27-31 where Hal goes to the "professional conversationalist" whom we suspect is really Himself in disguise. It also helps with the time line a little, since the works are in chronological order. You get a sense of which subsidized year comes when. I found it to be an interesting read.


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Of all the films, the one I would most love to see is Safe Boating Is No Accident. The plot summary had me laughing out loud.


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Certainly there's the "beginning to figure out the subsidized years" factor, and as one who was pretty into experimental film, I find the whole thing totally hilarious.
You've got to love the allusion to Hamlet as well (which, thanks to inf.sum., I see is a common thread in IJ): "dramatic noncommercial, nondramatic ('anti-confluential') noncommercial, nondramatic commercial, and dramatic commercial works" (985), cf. Polonius's "pastoral-comical, historical-pastoral, tragical-historical, tragical-comical-historical-pastoral" (II.2).


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Please, please, please let the outsized feral infant return later in the book. (Stand Behind the Men Behind the Wire, The Desire to Desire)


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I think there could be an entire game of making up ridiculous additions to endnote 24. I was amazed at how funny it was and how worth it to read.


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From a personal standpoint, one of the things that I kept noticing throughout the descriptions was the use of either closed captions or embedded interpreters in the films. My deafness certainly made me think about the communication barrier Himself seems to have, even if it's more self imposed. Compare the actual physical inability to hear things demonstrated, for example, by the subjects in Union of Nurses in Berkely to Himself's refusal (or possible psychological inability) to hear anything being said by Hal back on page 31. I wonder how much he associates himself with the Deaf, especially with so many of his films being silent anyway.


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