Infinite Summer

Formed in the summer of 2009 to read David Foster Wallace's masterwork "Infinite Jest".
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 Post subject: Re: How old are people in this group?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 10:19 am 
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I'm 47 and reading DFW for the first time. Always meant to read IJ and this project is just the nudge I needed. Love it so far and think it's fantastic that so many diverse voices are going to be discussing this. And as so many have said - way to go you guys - I can't imagine tackling this at 16!


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Started the book last fall; bailed somewhere 400-500pp in. Went back in the spring and finished in April.

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 Post subject: Re: How old are people in this group?
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I'm 24 tomorrow. Before IJ, the longest book I ever read was Underworld by Don DeLillo. Put that in your fact-pipe.

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 Post subject: Re: How old are people in this group?
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I'm 39. I read Bolano's "2666" this spring, so I'm less intimidated by IJ than I was years ago...this is my first time reading a DFW novel though I've read a handful of essays/articles.


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 Post subject: Re: How old are people in this group?
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I'm twenty and on my second reading. My first reading was only a few months ago, but two of my best friends picked up copies so I began rereading along with them. We all actually started about a month and a half too early, and wouldn't even have been aware of this project were it not for my brother, another Wallace fanatic, tipping me off to it. So far the book has kept all three of us rapt and bewildered, and it was also one of the primary comforts that sustained us through a 10 day camping trip that we spent much of trapped in a damp tent, surrounded by Virginian forests and severe thunderstorms. (we'd store our books in plastic bags when we weren't reading to avoid damage, in case you were wondering)


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 Post subject: Re: How old are people in this group?
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I'm 19, turning 20 in the middle of this. This is my second attempt at IJ. I first tied when I was 15 and I devoured everything up to about page 130, where the narrative became too dense for me to take...


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 Post subject: Re: How old are people in this group?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 1:51 pm 
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k1789 wrote:
55 - haven't been this engrossed in an author since reading Pynchon for first time in 1975.

Second time reading IJ - have read everything else I could find by DFW this year.

I love being 55; 36 seems really young to me.


Echo, except I'm 56. Also read Pynchon in 1975; second time through IJ, and I've read everything by DFW at least once. Reading IJ the second time, when you have some idea where this is all headed, makes it almost a different book—an even better one. No one who ever read it a second time would entertain the idea that it is "a mess." It is as tight as a short story, a very long short story.


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I'm 20.


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 Post subject: Re: How old are people in this group?
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I'm 19 and, before seeing this thread, I thought I was the youngest one here!


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 Post subject: Re: How old are people in this group?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 11:36 am 
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41 here. It's my third reading of IJ, with both previous readings over ten years ago, so it's nice to come back to it and have a place to hash out all the details and clues.

Just before this group started, I picked up a copy of Mason & Dixon just to sample it, and I had to force myself to put it down for the summer. I haven't read other Pynchon or the other authors so often compared to DFW. But M&D was looking to be a lot of fun.


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