Saturday, January 9, 2010

Some thoughts about the first half of Infinite Jest

- There was massive hype around this book before it was even published. Wallace's suicide only added to the book's mythology. Did this effect your approach to the text?

- What are the long passages of intricate detail all about? Pages and pages about tennis drills, calculus war games, and AA meetings: what is there function?

- If Hal and Don are the protagonists, are there any parallels between the two of them?

- Does AA work? If you think it does, why do you think it does? In a related matter, what makes a good tennis player?

Come discuss the first half of this book (around pg. 490) Saturday January 16th at the Main Library in Conference Rm 3 at 11am. Feel free to bring food and drink.

1 comment:

  1. A good tennis player: physically fit, mobile, understands the many dimensions of the game. Mental tenacity; creative mind for long points. Resiliency; ability to stay in the moment and not get overly discouraged. Federer is the ultimate in even tempered excellence whereas Nadal epitomizes perseverance and hustle. Not sure where DFW falls in the spectrum but I understand he was a very good competitive player. A strong first serve is also a huge asset.