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Dead Sea Diving with David Foster Wallace
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It was brilliant. It was sophisticated. It was meaningful. And I wish I had known what she was talking about.
Kevin Guilfoile reacts to expert analysis of his own book, as recounted in Fiction’s Dirty Little Secret
I remember Infinite Jest being about tennis, which is a sport I enjoy playing once or twice a year. I was varsity in high school, but the coach said that even though I had some talent, I just didn’t appear to want to work very hard.*
Eden M. Kennedy, How Did I Get Here?

* The actual quote was, “It’s too bad she doesn’t give a shit.”

I don’t recall purchasing Infinite Jest. Or borrowing it. Or finding it on a suitcase in a railway station, attached to a note reading “Please look after this bear of a novel.”
Matthew Baldwin, Mountaineering
Infinite Summer begins tomorrow

Infinite Summer begins tomorrow

davidfosterwallace:

Reblogging an old post from March, in honor of the upcoming Infinite Summer:

Four different covers of Infinite Jest.  Clockwise, from upper right: 2007 edition released in England; 10th anniversary printing; First hardback edition; First paperback edition. (via davidfosterwallace)

davidfosterwallace:

Reblogging an old post from March, in honor of the upcoming Infinite Summer:

Four different covers of Infinite Jest.  Clockwise, from upper right: 2007 edition released in England; 10th anniversary printing; First hardback edition; First paperback edition. (via davidfosterwallace)

Infinite Summer bookmarks and other commentary from around the web in today’s roundup

Infinite Summer bookmarks and other commentary from around the web in today’s roundup

As if lugging around a book the size of a 2 br. 1¼ bath apartment isn’t enough, you may want to carry a notebook as well. You won’t always have the requisite Oxford English Dictionary within arm’s reach, you know.
How to Read Infinite Jest, 11 Tips from the Pros
It came out in paperback in the fall of 1997 and almost immediately the Tattered Cover had a mountain of them in the bargain department for $8.99 each. They were stacked in a large square, three or four feet high, each book a brick in tower, near the cash registers. How could I resist?
Matt Bucher, administrator of the David Foster Wallace mailing list and publisher of Elegant Complexity: A Study of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, admits that his first copy of I.J. was fished from the remainders bin.
It’s hard to know what Gourmet Magazine had in mind when they dispatched David Foster Wallace to the Maine Lobster Festival, but an 8,000 words treatise (complete with footnotes) that grapples with the ethics of boiling sentient creatures alive for the sake of culinary enjoyment was probably not it.
Infinite Summer, Warming Up (on DFW’s essay Consider the Lobster)