Infinite Summer

Formed in the summer of 2009 to read David Foster Wallace's masterwork "Infinite Jest".
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 Post subject: Now where do I go?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 11:26 am 
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So I've just finished IJ, and I find myself with this voracious appetite to read everything DFW ever wrote. To all you experienced long-time fans out there, where should I go next? The only other piece of his I have read is his 2005 Kenyon College commencement speech (which is incredible, by the way).

I posted this on another thread, but I think it warrants a separate topic.


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 Post subject: Re: Now where do I go?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:05 pm 
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There are so many places you could start but my personal favorite for non-fiction are the essays in Consider the Lobster and Brief Interviews With Hideous Men for non-fiction. I've enjoyed all his writing... these are just my personal preferences as starting points. Enjoy


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 Post subject: Re: Now where do I go?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:39 pm 
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I first came to DFW through his Early Harper's non-fiction pieces, especially "Shipping Out" (about taking a cruise) and "Ticket to the Fair" (about attending the Illinois state fair).* These are full of both his humor and his human-ness. They are also the easiest intro's by far (I believe) if you are trying to introduce someone else to DFW without forcing them into, say, joining you in the "Infinite Summer" project. I'd probably alternate between his nonfiction and fiction books from that point on.

*Both of these articles appear in longer form in "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again" (as the title essay and as "Getting Away from Already Being Pretty Much Away from It All"), but I actually recommend reading them in their original form first (links are below): While I usually have little sympathy for the "DFW needed more editing/cutting" arguments, I think the Harper's versions are crisper in their effect, even though I also enjoyed eventually reading the longer versions and laughing at or being touched by details I realized were not in the original versions.

Shipping Out: http://harpers.org/media/pdf/dfw/Harper ... 007859.pdf
Ticket to the Fair: http://harpers.org/media/pdf/dfw/Harper ... 001729.pdf


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