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July 13, 2015 chris 0

“…the original title was A Failed Entertainment.  The idea is that the book is structured as an entertainment that doesn’t work. Because what entertainment ultimately leads […]

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July 13, 2015 chris 0

“[Infinite Jest] was about five hundred pages longer.  Of which four hundred unambiguously needed to go, and the other hundred was painful. “That’s like losing […]

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December 16, 2013 chris 0

Wallace himself wrote, in my correspondence with him: “I too believe that most of the problems of what might be called ‘the tyranny of irony’ […]

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December 8, 2013 chris 0

“…the inflatable dendriurethane dome, known as the Lung, that covers the middle row of courts for the winter indoor season” (Infinite Jest 51).

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December 6, 2013 chris 0

IDEAS: Do you miss Boston? WALLACE: I miss parts of Brighton and Allston and the Back Bay very much.  But I lived there for only […]

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November 29, 2013 chris 0

David Foster Wallace on Charlie Rose

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November 23, 2013 chris 0

“Perhaps the greatest example of this movement between [narrative] registers, however, is the phrase Infinite Jest itself.  Over the course of the novel it moves […]

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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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