Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Some more thoughts about Infinite Jest...

- Does this book have a protagonist?

- One theme is the idea that people have to bottom out before they can change: drug addicts destroy their lives, tennis students eliminate their personalities. References to self annihilation occur often, especially via destruction of the head-brain-mind: the infinite jest mind wipe, reference to people being "unmapped," and James Incandenza's microwave suicide. What is this about?

- Marathe says Americans would gladly kill themselves for the "entertainment," aka Infinite Jest V or VI. Is this true? Are Americans more puerile than other people?

- Were Avril, John Wayne, Gately and Hal part of a Quebecois conspiracy?

D.F. Wallace's papers were recently acquired by University of Texas at Austin. Go here to check out handwritten manuscripts and pages from Wallace's personal dog-eared dictionary.

Wallace did a stint in a substance abuse recovery house not unlike Ennet House. This anonymous resident's account of his experience there has been attributed toWallace.

Come discuss the second half of Infinite Jest Saturday March 20th at the Main Library in the 3rd Floor Program Room at 11am. Feel free to bring food and drink.

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