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Patience or smarts?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:21 am 
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My cousin was asking me if I thought he was smart enough read IJ. He's really a smart guy, but I told him he isn't patient enough to read it. It got me wondering: What do you think is more important? Does this book require patience or intelligence? I realize they aren't mutually exclusive, but which one do you think is more important with IJ?


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Patience, perseverance and persistence.


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Patience because even if you feel you are not smart enough you can look up every word you dont understand, however to do so would also require patience.

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Can't patience eventually lead to intelligence?


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I don't think IJ requires above average intelligence. Patience, on the other hand...


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I think neither intelligence or patience are required - simply that the writings of DFW resonate with you. For most people this happens the moment the read one of his shorter works. I definitely wouldn't recommend starting this novel to someone who has yet to discover if his writing captivates them.

I don't believe in forcing things.


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Considering this is a group that consists entirely of people reading Infinite Jest, isn't this topic a little self-congratulatory? Let's not make this about swelling our heads.


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