“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
“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’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)
“Our original plan for June 21st—testing participants for the IJ antibodies, to ensure that no one had premature exposure to the novel—proved too expensive. So you’re totally in the clear”—Infinite Summer, The Rules