800px-Freytags_pyramid.svg“[Michael] Pietsch was also still worried about how the parts [of Infinite Jest] fit together…Wallace insisted that the answers all existed, but just past the last page. The novel continued in time in the reader’s mind— that is, it meant for it to have the trajectory of a “broad arc” rather than a Freytagian triangle. (Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story 206)

The image to the right, Freytag’s triangle, is courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.