Wallace’s editor, Michael Pietsch, described Infinite Jest as follows in a 1993 letter:

“It’s a novel made up out of shards, almost as if the story were something broken that someone is picking up the pieces of. This fits with the broken lives the novel’s about; also as a way of recreating two worlds, the halfway house and the tennis academy….[ O] ccasionally there surfaces through the stories an “I” who may be the one trying to put everything together. (Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story 182)