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November 17, 2013 chris 0

“You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn’t. You get to decide what to worship…In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there […]

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November 17, 2013 chris 0

“Wallace is, clearly, bent on taking the next step in fiction. He is carrying on the Pynchonian celebration of the renegade spirit in a world […]

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November 16, 2013 chris 0

“Whatever the explanation for his preoccupation with solipsism in Wittgenstein, Wallace never abandoned his fixation on sealed-off people. Few readers of Infinite Jest will forget […]

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November 13, 2013 chris 0

“[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 […]

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November 10, 2013 chris 0

“It was above all Wittgenstein’s technique that was of interest [to Wallace] — particularly his style in the Philosophical Investigations, in which he revived, through […]

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November 10, 2013 chris 0

“Wallace’s method was rooted in the conviction that literature ought to address the paradoxes and confusions of its moment. His moment was late capitalist America, […]

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November 9, 2013 chris 0

“Everything and More. This is the title of his book on infinity. It might also be a description of the novel Infinite Jest, his dead […]

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November 9, 2013 chris 0

“I don’t know much about Dave’s spiritual life but I see him as a great American Buddhist writer, in the lineage of Whitman and Ginsberg.  […]

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November 8, 2013 chris 0

Regarding the footnotes in Infinite Jest, Wallace wrote to his editor: “I’ve become intensely attached to this strategy and will fight w/ all 20 claws […]

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November 7, 2013 chris 0

Infinite Jest was meant to be a failed entertainment, not a potted amusement,” D.T. Max writes. “[Wallace] warned his editor [Michael Pietsch] that he wasn’t […]