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FREE EPUB Õ Infinite Jest ⚜ Infinite Jest is the name of a movie said to be so entertaining that anyone who watches it loses all desire to do anything but watch People die happily, viewing it in endless repetition The novel Infinite Jest is the story of this addictive entertainment, and in particular how it affects a Boston halfway house for recovering addicts and a nearby tennis academy, whose students have many budding addictions of their own As the novel unfolds, various individuals, organisations, and governments vie to obtain the master copy of Infinite Jest for their own ends, and the denizens of the tennis school and halfway house are caught up in increasingly desperate efforts to control the movie—as is a cast including burglars, transvestite muggers, scam artists, medical professionals, pro football stars, bookies, drug addicts both active and recovering, film students, political assassins, and one of the most endearingly messedup families ever captured in a novelOn this outrageous frame hangs an exploration of essential questions about what entertainment is, and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment interacts with our need to connect with other humans; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value The huge cast and multilevel narrative serve a story that accelerates to a breathtaking, heartbreaking, unfogettable conclusion It is an exuberant, uniquely American exploration of the passions that make us human and one of those rare books that renew the very idea of what a novel can do Paths of Glory viewing it in endless repetition The novel Infinite Jest is the story of this addictive entertainment The Magic Barrel and in particular how it affects a Boston halfway house for recovering addicts and a nearby tennis academy Affections whose students have many budding addictions of their own As the novel unfolds The Lavalite World various individuals Peter Tchaikovsky organisations बकुल कथा and governments vie to obtain the master copy of Infinite Jest for their own ends De la mision a la teologia and the denizens of the tennis school and halfway house are caught up in increasingly desperate efforts to control the movie—as is a cast including burglars Revelations transvestite muggers Ti aspettavo scam artists The Art of Ponyo medical professionals Autobiography of Values pro football stars Confessions bookies Guide pratiche per adolescenti introversi drug addicts both active and recovering Niet meer dan een ademtocht film students Don't Sleep With Your Drummer political assassins Jernigan and one of the most endearingly messedup families ever captured in a novelOn this outrageous frame hangs an exploration of essential questions about what entertainment is School of Panamerican Unrest Anthology and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment interacts with our need to connect with other humans; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy Bedknobs and Broomsticks Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value The huge cast and multilevel narrative serve a story that accelerates to a breathtaking Una notte all'improvviso heartbreaking Hot Pursuit unfogettable conclusion It is an exuberant Rain Man uniquely American exploration of the passions that make us human and one of those rare books that renew the very idea of what a novel can do DJ Ian's Sunday Evening Tell Me What You Really ThinkYou're listening to Radio KCRCR, Tell Me What You Really Think, where we listen to the critics and you talk back That's if there's any time left after I finish my rant Hehe.A lot of listeners ask me about my namesake What about that other Ian Graye, you say The one on GoodReads What do you think of him? And what did you think of his recent review of David Foster Wallace's magnum opus?Well, let me reassure you: that other Ian Graye is a wanker Don’t trust his five star review of “Infinite Jest” (“IJ” for short, but not for long).He is a classic pseudointellectual, who occasionally comes under the sway of people like Nathan, MJ and a few female Good Readers with brains and/or ambition, and tries unconvincingly to run with their small herd, while simultaneously feigning the impression of reading, appreciating and reviewing the big books that appeal to them He is a postcapitalist lapdog of the tamest and most ineffectual kind.This is what he would say, if he had the guts Actually, it’s not what he would say, it’s what I'm saying.He can wallow in pretension.IJ is a dogs breakfast Nobody has actually read it from cover to cover Nobody has understood it on its own terms Anybody who reckons they’ve read it or understood it is lying and needs to be exposed for the fibbers they are The sooner there is something that is postpostmodernism that we can get our hands and minds and kindles and iPatches on the better No wait, it doesn’t matter.Postmodernism was invented so that nerds could take money off other nerds.Meanwhile, the rest of the world can eat, drink, snort, smoke, dance, party and have sex regardless and in spite of the postmodernist nerdfest going down, down, down in the library.LengthSurely, it is enough to state the length of this book to condemn it.If an author has 1,100 pages in them, then write four novels of 275 pages each.Can Sting possibly be any better on the fourth day of his tantric sex than he is on the first?What is the point? To achieve a target for the Guinness Book of Records? For as soon as you break the record, somebody else will want to beat you and your record will last for, how long, one year, at most?RepetitionIn a book that long, there must surely be a lot of repetition of themes and subject matter, if not dialogue and actual words.As for a book whose ending simply takes you back to the beginning? That's not what I call recycling Recycling is the yellow bin Or, wishful thinking for charities, two copies sitting side by side in a second hand book store.SelfIndulgenceSee my comment about Sting Beyond that, I risk being guilty of the postmodern crime of repetition In fact, I might already be guilty Damn How ironic.IronyShow me somebody who really knows what irony means and I’ll show you a bullshit artist.I mean, what does “an incongruity between the literal and the implied meaning” mean?Is there any literal meaning that is not implied? Surely, DFW meant everything his words implied.Therefore, they are not incongruous, they are deliberate and congruous.This is starting to sound like that other Ian Graye, so I will stop.PlayfulnessOK, so they play tennis in this book So what?And so what if he plays with our minds? Writing this bloody book probably played with DFW’s own mind How can you control something as gargantuan and prolix as this?It plays with our minds, because it played with his If he had won the game, it would have been a shorter, sharper, better book and apleasant experience for us.There is a reason tennis has a tiebreaker IJ needed a tiebreaker Around 300 pages.Black HumorI like black humor, white humor and Jewish humor I haven’t heard any other types yet But I hope I do eventually.However, I can’t remember any good jokes in IJ, nor can I remember LOL’ing.Even if I could remember one, there’s no way I would ever tell a mate in a pub or print it on a tshirt, which is my ultimate test of a good joke, well, an aphorism, anyway.IntertextualityI mean, are you serious? Who would invent a word like “intertextuality”, but a postmodernist wanker?Did the English language really need this word? Did it have to be imported from France or Italy, or wherever?Intertextuality…”the relationship between one text (a novel for example) and another or one text within the interwoven fabric of literary history…an indication of postmodernism’s lack of originality and reliance on clichés”.Put two things next to each other, juxtapose them, as the other Ian Graye would say, and you have a relationship (a “juxtaposition”) So what?If you want to refer to another book in your book, it’s a quote if it’s acknowledged or plagiarism if it’s not.So what? Any graduate student can do this We used to call it cheating.As for cliches, we were taught to eschew them in my day DFW uses truckloads of cliches, mostly old ones, but many new ones of his own creation How pathetic There are nearly as many cliches in IJ as there are in Hamlet I mean, To be, or not to be, if Shakespeare was half the writer he's supposed to be (or not to be), he would have steered clear of that old chestnut.PasticheOnce again, write your own bloody book Don’t copy somebody else’s Sampling is cheating If I want to read the other book or listen to the other song, I’ll find it on iTunes.MetafictionAnother word created by postmodernists for postmodernists It’s like a secret handshake A club for us and not for you Because you won’t let us into your club, and your club is blockbuster, bestselling fiction with a home and a boat in the Bahamas.Anybody who can write should strive for a home and a boat, better still, a houseboat If you haven’t got it in you, don’t waste trees or cyberspace Write a blog Do your pathetic little reviews on GoodReads Or pathetically long reviews, in the case of my namesake.FabulationI mean, honest, we’re talking fiction here, and some critic has to introduce a synonym and pretend it means something different A distinction without a difference A high distinction without a job prospect This is today’s academia for you.PoioumenaThis word makes me want to vomit.I mean I love Maoris and their language, but words weren’t meant to consist of four consecutive vowels It's inconsonant.Historiographic MetafictionAnother one What, aren’t the old words good enough for postmodernists? This would have been edited out of the wiki article if anybody knew what it meant or had the guts.Instead, it’s left in, and college students in my wake will struggle to apply it correctly in a sentence for another 20 years.If this term was a dog, it would be put down In fact, this term is a dog Bang.Temporal DistortionIt gets worse “Fragmentation and nonlinear narratives” In a word, drugs Nobody used this language when the poison of choice was alcohol.In the old days, the bell would ring, and you’d say, “Oh, is that the time?” Not temporal distortion.Magic RealismAll the best drugs come from South America Say noBut put a frat boy in a broad brimmed hat and sit him on a horse and it doesn’t make him a gaucho or a magic realist.Technoculture and HyperrealityDoof doof I can’t remember one computer in IJ Unless you count microwaves and whatever they played the cartridges on And, I mean, who remembers cartridges?ParanoiaThe only source of paranoia for me in IJ is the sense that DFW might have known what he was talking about and I didn’t get it But if he did and I didn’t, then I’ve read all the other IJ reviews on Good Reads, and no two of them are the same, so quit the bullshit and admit it, nobody gets it It’s time we fessed up, it can’t be got, we weren’t supposed to get it, DFW didn’t design it to be got, leave it alone.IJ is a conspiracy by the paper manufacturing industry to consume paper, put it inside a hard cover and never let it see the light of day.Yes, a paranoid conspiracy, I know, but guess what, it worked.MaximalismA big word for “long” MinimalismA big word for a little idea Incongruous, if not ironic, I know.EncyclopaedicYes, IJ is long, but credit where credit is due, it contains a lot of words and meanings, about a lot of things, but let's face it, nobody ever reads an encyclopaedia from beginning to end, we all dip in one entry at a time, if not randomly, and we wouldn’t know shit about all the other bits that we didn’t read.Let’s hope there's not a question about them in the exam.Well, that's about it from me Let me leave you with oneserious thought.Party at my place Come on.KCRCR Whatever will be will be And whatever will not be will not be That is the answer and there's the rub Thanks, Bill Can I have my bottle back now, please?Oh, is that the time? Let's cross to Rupert for the news.CHOOSE YOUR REVIEW:Infinite Jest elicits diverse reactions I thought I might try to express some of them, both negative and positive.The above review is my attempt at a negative review.My positive reviews are mentioned below.TAME AND INEFFECTUAL POSTCAPITALIST LAPDOG FIVE STAR REVIEWThis is a positive capsule review with a few addons: ONLY PSEUDOINTELLECTUAL FIVE STAR REVIEWThis review is my attempt at aanalytical, but positive, review: TELL ME WHAT YOU REALLY THINK VOTE COUNT (AUDITED BY CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS NICE WATERCLOSET)DJ Ian:February 17, 201341 likesPostCapitalist Lapdog ReviewFebruary 17, 201338 likesNerd's Only PseudoIntellectual ReviewFebruary 17, 201327 likesDJ Ian's one star review jennifer garneredlikes in 12 hours than either of the other five star reviews did in 10 months (they were posted in April 2012). USHER: Goodreads court is now in session, the Honourable Judge Chandler presiding All rise.JUDGE: Mr Wise, you appear before the court today on the charge of failing to adore Infinite Jest, an act in gross and flagrant violation of basic Goodreads standards of decency How do you plead?WARWICK: WellI mean presumably this kind of thing is all subjective opinion, so—PROSECUTOR: Let the record show that the defendant utterly fails to deny his foul sin.WARWICK: Hang on—JUDGE: So noted If found guilty, the maximum sentence I can hand down isDEATH.GOODREADS MEMBERS (from gallery): Hooray! Kill him! Burn the heretic!WARWICK: Whoa, wait a minute there, don’t you have to assign me some kind of lawyer or something, so I can defend myself? Like in Perry Mason?PROSECUTOR: Your honour, in view of the gravity of his crimes, we believe the defendant should be compelled to represent himself.JUDGE: I agree Do you have any evidence to present in your defence, worm?WARWICK: I’m glad you asked, m’lud, and thank you for showing such admirable neutrality VOICES FROM CROWD: Get on with it, scum!WARWICK: All right! Well, to be completely honest, my heart began to sink from the very first page This was my first exposure to Wallace’s fiction, so I was paying quite close attention to the opening paragraphs to try and soak up this style that so many people have fallen in love with Defence Exhibit A – the opening:I am seated in an office, surrounded by heads and bodies My posture is consciously congruent to the shape of my hard chair  My fingers are mated into a mirrored series of what manifests, to me, as the letter X.WARWICK I submit I was justified in feeling immediate concern that the prose is awkward, unlovely, and tryhard, with outbreaks of horrendous juvenile alliteration.PROSECUTOR: Objection! The opening section is clearly narrated by a precocious child genius, making the tone entirely appropriate.JUDGE: Sustained.WARWICK: That’s true And I was definitely willing to go along with that The problem is that as the book goes on, you start to realise that basically all his narrators sound pretty much the same – they’re all variants on the same depressive, overeducated outsider, speaking in these jagged, straining, uncomfortable sentences On the few occasions when he attempts social dialects beyond his own – including a few passages of extremely illadvised colloquial Ebonics – it soundslike a grotesque parody than any serious attempt at a socially inclusive writing style Besides, is it really an excuse for a writer to say ‘My characters all happen to talk like malfunctioning robots, so you’re just going to have to put up with it’?PROSECUTOR: ‘Overeducated’? Really? That may apply to the Incandenza family, but it’s hardly something you could accuse the residents of Ennet House Drug and Alcohol Recovery Center of Isn’t it, in fact, the case that Wallace’s daring new amalgam of contemporary patois and technical jargon simply went over your head?WARWICK: Objection Beyond the scope.JUDGE: How is that beyond the scope?WARWICK: I don’t know, it’s just one of those things they always say on The Good Wife.JUDGE: Overruled Answer the question.WARWICK: All right, I don’t think it’s going over my head, no The writing style is certainly innovative, but mainly in the sense that he sounds stilted and infelicitous in ways that no one has come up with before His pileups of nounphrases are particularly awkward, the nouns’ plurals’ genitives’ apostrophes so aggressively correct that they actually manage to look wrong I hate the sloppy attempt in general to use exaggerated colloquialisms as a deliberate style – this habit he has of rambling vaguely around a topic for several paragraphs in the hope that one of his phrases will hit home I like writers who craft and refine their thoughts before typing them out, not during Overall I just felt there was a horrible uncertainty of tone, the narrative voice channelhopping compulsively from slangy to highly mannered to jargonistic, often within the same sentence It doesn’t cohere, butto the point it doesn’t feel like DFW is in any control.PROSECUTOR: Does it not occur to you that this might be done for deliberate effect? Or were you perhaps just put off by all the long words? (laughter from the jury)WARWICK: WellI’m reasonably sure it’s not that I love complicated books with gigantic, exuberant vocabularies It’s just that here, because of the general sense of bloated freefall, it all just seems so purposeless, so gratuitous To me he comes across less as an artist with a fat vocabulary than a hack with a fat thesaurus.(Woman in gallery faints)MAN IN GALLERY: You monster!WARWICK: Defence Exhibit B, m’lud – a description of a character’s smile, which is said to be ‘empty of all affect’:as if someone had contracted her circumorals with a thigmotactic electrode.PROSECUTOR: Of course, one of those smiles I can picture it perfectly.WARWICK: You bloody can’t! It’s complete bollocks! ‘Circumoral’ isn’t even a noun, is it? And a lot of the time this kind of thing is stretched into full paragraphs – have a look at this single sentence, Exhibit C, which is in no way unrepresentative:And as InterLace’s eventual outright purchase of the Networks’ production talent and facilities, of two major homecomputer conglomerates, of the cuttingedge Foxx 2100 CDROM licenses of Aapps Inc., of RCA’s D.S.S orbiters and hardwarepatents, and of the digitalcompatible patents to the stillneedingtocomedowninpricealittle technology of HDTV’s visually enhanced color monitor with microprocessed circuitry and 2(√area)!lines of optical resolution – as these acquisitions allowed Noreen LaceForché’s cartridgedissemination network to achieve vertical integration and economies of scale, viewers’ pulsereception and cartridgefees went down markedly; and then the further increased revenues from consequent increases in order and rentalvolume were plowed presciently back intofiberopticInterGridcablelaying, into outright purchase of three of the five Baby Bells InterNet’d started with, into extremely attractive rebateoffers on special new InterLacedesigned R.I.S.C.grade HighDefscreen PCs with mimeticresolution cartridgeview motherboards (recognizably renamed by Veals’s boys in Recognition ‘Teleputers’ or ‘TPs’), into fiberonly modems, and, of course, into exrtemely highquality entertainments that viewers would freely desire to choose even .WARWICK: This passage also contains three endnotes, which I will not go into for the sake of all our sanity And don’t even get me started on Wallace’s Latin, which he persistently misunderstands One footnote reads ‘Q.v note 304 sub’, which is borderline illiterate – ‘q.v.’ is used after the thing you want to reference, and ‘sub’ is a preposition, not an adverb What he apparently means is ‘Cf note 304 infra.’ I couldn’t normally care less about this sort of thing, except that in this book it coexists with a laboured subplot about militant ‘prescriptive grammarians’, for whom DFW clearly has much misguided sympathy.PROSECUTOR: Your honour, surely it’s now clear that the defendant is trying to build a case based on trivial inconsequentialities of personal style.WARWICK: I know it seems like nitpicking, but the thing is these little missteps here and there all contribute to a general sense that you are not in safe hands It’s like his proliferation of initialisms – why are E.T.A and A.F.R and U.S.A written with dots but MDMA and WETA and AA without them? There’s no answer except general inconsistency, which fans will no doubt tell me is intentional but which is no less annoying for that The same goes for Wallace’s pseudoencyclopaedic knowledge base Hal Incandenza is supposed to be an etymology expert who grew up memorising the OED But every time we see this put into practice, it’s hopelessly wrong E.g.: “There are, by the O.E.D VI’s count, nineteen nonarchaic synonyms for unresponsive” – which makes no sense, because OED 3 won’t be completed for another 25 years or so so there’s no chance of getting to “VI” by the nearfuture of the novel’s setting; and anyway the OED doesn’t even list synonyms because it’s a dictionary, not a thesaurus He traces the word anonymous back to Greek but the Greek is horribly misspelled; he traces acceptance back to “14thcentury langued’oc French” but this phrase is both oxymoronic and flatout wrong Where is the research here? All through the book there is a profound feeling that David Foster Wallace did not really understand the things he was looking up in order to seem clever.PROSECUTOR: Need we remind you that this is a work of fiction and not an academic thesis?WARWICK: Again, it’s about confidence in your author Mine quickly evaporated I’m concentrating on language stuff only because it’s an area where I have an admittedly very dilettantish but somewhat active interest People who knowabout these things than me tell me his maths is equally dodgy Now contrast all this with a writer like Nabokov or Pynchon, to whom Wallace is sometimes cavalierly compared When I read Pynchon I can spend hours chasing up throwaway references to some obscure language, some astronomical phenomenon, a paragraph of Argentine politics or an obsolete scientific theory – it’s part of the fun of these big encyclopedic books that you can research all the related knowledge that lies just outside the margins The references hold up and they enrich the reading experience When I try and do the same thing with DFW, I always seem to come away with the conviction that he doesn’t really know what he’s talking about.PROSECUTOR (with heavy sarcasm): How unfortunate that so many people overlooked this and mistakenly found his writing moving and powerful.WARWICK: Oh come on, don’t be like that I am delighted that some people love his style, it’s just not for me I totally admit that this is personal preference I, personally, like writers who craft beautiful sentences In my opinion, Wallace is just not very good at the level of the sentence, or even of the paragraph But he can be great over longer distances – at the level of the chapter or long passage There are several extended sequences of Infinite Jest that have a kind of cumulative power and excitement to them that I admired very much indeed They were just padded out with far too many passages of inexcusable tedium.VOICES FROM CROWD: Boo! Hanging’s too good for him!JUDGE (banging gavel): Order! Order! (to the prosecution) Crossexamination?PROSECUTOR: Extremely cross, your honour!JUDGE: No, I mean do you want to crossexamine the witness.PROSECUTOR: Oh Yes! Or rather – (consulting papers) prosecution chooses to call a new witness, your honour – the defendant’s wife.WARWICK: What?! You can’t—Enter HANNAH, looking emotional.PROSECUTOR: You are the defendant’s wife, are you not?HANNAH (biting lip): I am.PROSECUTOR: And isn’t it the case, ma’am, that onthan one occasion over the past few weeks, you witnessed the defendant audibly chuckling over what he was reading?HANNAH: II might have done.PROSECUTOR: Moreover on several occasions did you not see him underlining passages he thought particularly admirable?HANNAH (fighting back emotion): Iyes Yes, I did.PROSECUTOR: And is it not true that those passages included, but were not limited to, the description of Poor Tony Krause having a seizure; the fight outside Ennet House; and Don Gately’s feverdream sequences?HANNAH (bursting into tears): It’s true! He said one of them was thethe best thing he’d read all year He recited bits of it out to me in bed and everything.PROSECUTOR: And can you see the man who said these things anywhere in this courtroom?HANNAH (pointing at defendant): There! That’s him! That’s the man! Gaargh!PROSECUTOR: No further questions, your honour.HANNAH is led out in tears.WARWICK: I – what?! This is ridiculous! Objection!JUDGE: What is the nature of your objection?WARWICK: The nature of it? Umwhat’s that one about badgers, again?Pause.JUDGE: …Badgering the witness?WARWICK: That’s it! He was badgering her! She just got totally badgered!JUDGE: Overruled.WARWICK: Look, this is an elevenhundredpage book If a monkey throws a thousand darts at a dartboard, he’s going to score a couple of bullseyes He’s also probably going to hit you in the eye a few times And in the context of this metaphor, a monkeyinflicted dartwound to the face can be taken as the equivalent of, say, an unforgivably tedious description of a geopolitical tennis game.PROSECUTOR: The point remains, however, that you found yourself moved by parts of this book, didn’t you? Affected by the characters’ story?WARWICK: Sure Some characters worked better than others I thought Don Gately in particular was a wonderful creation and I only wish he’d been in a tighter and bettercontrolled novel.PROSECUTOR: You were moved, gripped, excited – even aroused at times.WARWICK: Well, I wouldn’t go that far.PROSECUTOR: Oh really? Isn’t it the case that, on one occasion last week, you found your mind, in an idle moment of alone time, returning to a certain cheerleaderbased episode of mass knickerlessness?WARWICK (leaping out of seat): Objection, your honour!! Surely this line of questioning can’t be appropriate!JUDGE: Ohgo on then, sustained I really don’t want to hear about it.Sighs of relief from public gallery.WARWICK: Although, thinking about it, the query does serve to highlight a certain strain of misogyny that bothered me about the book – where the narrator gives Avril Incandenza extra value by repeatedly telling us that she is particularly gorgeous ‘for a woman her age’, while the nearest thing we have to a female lead is known as ‘PGOAT’ – sorry, ‘P.G.O.A.T.’ – the ‘Prettiest Girl Of All Time’ – and is also defined by her physical attractiveness, or the possible marring thereof.PROSECUTOR (rolling his eyes at jury): Oh that’s right, play the sexism card now And I suppose you were equally unmoved by the gripping descriptions of social deprivation – an insight into a world that doubtless a middleclass bourgeois reader like you couldn’t hope to evaluate?WARWICK: First of all, you should probably be careful what you assume about my background Second of all, yes some of it worked really well But again, there is a lack of authorial control A lot of the violence and stories of druggedout atrocities start off being genuinely disturbing, but end up going so far that they take on a GrandGuignol aspect and become too ludicrous to take seriously When one woman at an addiction meeting mentions her father’s latenight visits to the bedroom of her severely disabled sister, it’s very creepy and upsetting But Wallace can’t stop himself going on to give us three full, unnecessary pages of detailed “incestuous diddling” (his phrase) which turns the whole thing from disturbing into cartoonish and silly.PROSECUTOR: So there’s something ‘silly’ about sexual abuse, is there?WARWICK: I’ll ignore that Look, I agree that there were parts of this book that I enjoyed very much, of course there were But I would draw your attention to the fact that during these moments of narrative brilliance, the footnotes and speech tics and other pomo devices suddenly dry up: he doesn’t need them This leads me to conclude that they really serve no purpose except to distract from the turgid flabbiness of other sections of the novel Whose plot, by the way, goes absolutely nowhere – nothing is resolved and no questions are answered.PROSECUTOR: Again, we would argue that this is deliberate, your honour – forcing the reader back to the text so that the book itself becomes an ‘infinite’ form of Entertainment like the one it describes.WARWICK: Oh come on This argument stretches ‘generosity to the author’ beyond the bounds of credibility.PROSECUTOR: And yet somehow, reviewers who are actually paid to review books – unlike you – have described this novel as ‘profound’ and ‘a masterpiece’ and ‘brilliant and witty’ – refer to prosecution exhibits A through W.WARWICK: Let’s not forget the London Review of Books review, Defence Exhibit D – and I quote:[I]t is, in a word, terrible I would, in fact, go so far as to say that Infinite Jest is one of the very few novels for which the phrase ‘not worth the paper it’s written on’ has real meaning in at least an ecological sense.Shouts of anger from public gallery.JUDGE: You disgust me Are we ready for sentencing?WARWICK: Wait! Wait! I have onewitness to call!JUDGE: Very well Who?WARWICK: I call (dramatic pause) … David Foster Wallace![For reasons of space, the trial concludes here.]
this booki think it is time to write a proper review for this book, as it is one of my alltime favorites and deserves waythan two words back when i was a junior in college, i was at the nyu bookstore, trying to sell back some textbooks before going away for winter break the person in line in front of me was trying to sell back infinite jest (where was i when this class was being offered?? ) and of course, they weren't taking it back because nyu is a stingy fucking school she turned around to me and said you want this?? and i said yes,cuz i don't say no to free, and she said merry christmas,and kinda just thrust it at me and it was the best present i ever got a true christmas miracle i was on my way to see my thenboyfriend in italy for the start of a european jaunt, and i missed out on a lot of european cities because i could not put this book down i read it on planes and trains and a gondola, in restaurants and bars, by canals and in a cafe on top of the alps fuck cathedrals, i had this book i am a truly bad traveler, but i am a committed reader as soon as i finished the book, i started right over and since then i have read it a total of seven times it is the most glorious collection of words that has ever been published it is everything it is funny and sad and creepy and disturbing and completely absorbing and brilliant and he was just a gem of a man the first time i got to meet him, i dropped this book in front of him by now all tattered and smooshed, and he seem surprised that someone has actually read their copy and then i gave him a card that had been a thank you card, but i crossed out thank and wrote fuck in its place and said fuck you for writing the great american novel before i got the chance to this is the kind of thing i think is charming because i am deeply flawed but it worked, and he called me and it was really nice he was a great man who was truly kind and courteous to his fans i ended up getting a proper thank you card from him because he istraditionally charming and now i am sad just thinking about this so the review ends here because it has served its cathartic purpose for me and i guess if anyone is reading this you just got a free glimpse into the softer side of karen it happens.come to my blog! It's my habit to write on the inside sleeve of a book the words from the text that I can't define or don't understand Here is the resulting list from the back inside sleeve of Infinite Jest:apocopesbolectionsregletsdipsomaniaquincunxvaricocelessimpaticoaleatoryexperialistagnatepedalferrousfulvouslouveredsangfroidgibbonsapercueideticmuratedtumescentrecidivismerumpentrutilanthalepurlednacellesulcusimprecatedtumbrelcomportmentscopophobicasperityrapaciousafflatusbatheticbrachiformstrabismicascaparticavuncularaditfactotachuffingneuralgiactumideustacianxerophagygynecopiasuborningsolecisticlissomeascaparticanapesticbradyauxeticlordosiscorticatemucronatecodicillumenacreouspuerilethanatopticspansuleshaspprognathousnonuremicapothegmapicalsselvagedcaparisoncunctationsaphasiacetiologyprolixchymeamanuenticfalcatejejunecatastaticeschatologydeclivitymaffickingcuirassvigmiasmacorditecirrhoticreveilletektiticcrepuscularthrenodyemerymysticetouslyanechoicanorakerumpent (again apparently I didn't remember it from the first time)aphasiacreseaudiverticulitiscathexisskirlingdunexaculatesaphasiaanodizedpicayunecaprolaliacverdigrisedcoruscantanacliticcatexicsybariticallyrestenoticmalentenduperipateticlordoticrictalthanatopicolla podidainguinalsudoriferousswartemeticparotiticalacritysinciputkyphoticciquatoxicI didn't realize until later in the book that DFW often makes up words I will post a full review at my blog, meekadjustments.blogspot.com.