Infinite Summer

Formed in the summer of 2009 to read David Foster Wallace's masterwork "Infinite Jest".
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 Post subject: Re: Why read Infinite Jest?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 3:40 pm 
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I am really hoping that a friend from work is going to follow along and be part of this group. I had two extra copies so I gave her one and maybe her boyfriend will read it as well. She is a big reader so I hope that just the challenge of reading a book that size will be enough to get her to do it.

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 Post subject: Re: Why read Infinite Jest?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2009 11:48 am 
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matthewbaldwin wrote:
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I'm interested, but can someone tell me why I should devote so much time to this big book? If I'm going to tackle one so fat and perplexing, wouldn't it be more worthwhile to read Ulysses by Joyce?


It's a false dichotomy, isn't it? Why not read both? And why not read this one first?

I've read Ulysses. I didn't much care for it, but I felt obligated to read it. I still thought it was worth my time to have read it. And there are part of it that I liked, but, overall it didn't move me in the way that I had hoped it might (and that many of Joyce's short stories do). I had the benefit of a college course and Harry Blamires' excellent guide, The New Bloomsday Book, to get me through it. It wasn't torture of anything. It just wasn't, in the final analysis, my cup of fat and perplexing tea. I hope this DFW novel will be. And, based on Consider the Lobster, I think it might well be.

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 Post subject: Re: Why read Infinite Jest?
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Unfortunately, I was not familiar with Wallace until the news of his death. Then the outpouring of commentary on his works and how good a book Infinite Jest was had me picking up a copy at a local used book store. After the first few pages it was not exactly pulling me in. Tennis? Prep school? meh. However, then I read, "Consider the Lobster." And a few stories from "Brief Conversations with Hideous Men." And "A Supposedly Fun Think I'll Never Do Again." They fell into my lap one after the other. I picked up IJ again. Then, on cue, I hear about Infinite Summer and hear I am.

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