Infinite Summer

Formed in the summer of 2009 to read David Foster Wallace's masterwork "Infinite Jest".
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 Post subject: Re: What're you reading next?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 4:30 pm 
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i finished early and went on to read hamlet immediately. it worked well, especially with the wraith hanging around recently.
but now im back to studying for my MA, philosophy anyone? hah


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 Post subject: Re: What're you reading next?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 9:46 am 
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next 3 on my to do list:

The Book of the Unknown by Jonathon Keats
The Echo maker by Richard Powers
Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie


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 Post subject: Re: What're you reading next?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:37 pm 
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Started Elegant Complexity right after IJ, I just ordered a copy of De Lillo's Underworld, but when it arrived it looked kind of huge, so I think I'm gonna wait a while before I dive in.
Got a copy of Pynchon's new book, but I'm kind of saving that for a treat...
So Carpenter's Gothic, and then probably Dracula with IS


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 Post subject: Re: What're you reading next?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 4:12 pm 
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Um. I'm re-reading Infinite Jest. I started Brief Interviews With Hideous Men while traveling, to avoid having to carry IJ on a plane one more time, but I've jumped back in and I read BIWHM in the gaps.

It was clear in some of the DFW interviews that he intended for people to read at least the first chapter again, possibly the whole book. After rereading CH.1 and getting SO much more meaning out of the details than on the first pass, I kept going. The same has turned out to be true of the following chapters: many little things that seemed like throw-away details or dialog on the first pass are invested with new meaning when you know how the rest of the book unfolds.

I decided to stick with the 2nd read through now instead of waiting for later so that I will remember as much as possible from the 1st read-through as I pass through again.

It's painful seeing the rest of the InfSum participants move on to Dracula or other things; I have been hoping that enough crazy people would decide to do an immediate second lap that a new sub group would form on the InfSum site. Still hoping, but no energy to be an organizer.


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 Post subject: Re: What're you reading next?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2009 7:45 am 
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I so agree that it is imperative to read IJ again, immediately. I am luxuriating in the novel this second time around, reading and re-reading various sections, savoring the language (dictionary near by), annotating like crazy. My first read felt like a 100-yard dash to find out what the hell happens next; the second feels like a stroll in a in a Seurat painting.


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 Post subject: Re: What're you reading next?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2009 12:53 pm 
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edowling wrote:
I so agree that it is imperative to read IJ again, immediately. I am luxuriating in the novel this second time around, reading and re-reading various sections, savoring the language (dictionary near by), annotating like crazy. My first read felt like a 100-yard dash to find out what the hell happens next; the second feels like a stroll in a in a Seurat painting.


Well stated! You've nailed it exactly!


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 Post subject: Re: What're you reading next?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2009 3:02 pm 
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some light reading first.

HP Lovecraft tales... plan on re-reading Colour Out of Space, In the Mountains of Madness, Call of Cthulu and Shadows over Innsmouth.

Then finishing Netherland.

Then tackling the second book of Mishima's Sea of Fertility, Runaway Horses.


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 Post subject: Re: What're you reading next?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2009 6:48 pm 
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apfEID wrote:
some light reading first.

HP Lovecraft tales... plan on re-reading Colour Out of Space, In the Mountains of Madness, Call of Cthulu and Shadows over Innsmouth.

Then finishing Netherland.

Then tackling the second book of Mishima's Sea of Fertility, Runaway Horses.


You might consider reading Michel Houellebecq's book on Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life. Fun stuff!

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 Post subject: Re: What're you reading next?
PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2009 1:16 pm 
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Yeah! I read that a couple years ago. Good book.


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