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Infinite Jesters

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Like Julio Cortazar's famous novel, Infinite Jest (IJ) can be read in many ways. Both remain wildly different examples of fiction roaming the novel's frontier. IJ is slightly more convoluted and geometrically conceived than more typically structured reads.

"Alas, poor Yorick!--I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy..." ~ from Hamlet

After only 23 years since its publication, IJ is irrefutably a classic. But is it worthy of claiming its place in the, admittedly, arguably overrated pantheon of hallowed forebears like Ulysses, The Apes of God, Under the Volcano, The Recognitions, Hopscotch, Pale Fire, Gravity's Rainbow, Women and Men (not to mention a relatively unknown recursive-looped rarity like the heavily footnoted, The Dissertation, by R.M. Koster, for instance, and too many more obscure gems to mention by name)? Read IJ and, maybe, you'll find out.

IJs Gargantua-and-Pantagruelian girth (nearly 1100 leaves of small print on oversized pages) is its greatest challenge. Not its much maligned "Subsidized Time" or acronyms. Not its fascinating, Melvillean footnotes, whose footnotes' footnotes sometimes have their own footnotes -- common first-timer's complaints. Consider that vast backcountry of footnotes like panoramic rest stops along the way.

Hamlet opens: "Who's there?"
Infinite Jest opens: "I am...."
Reading IJ won't be a bust. Trust that two bookmarks are musts.

All things (everything and more!) IJ-related: no notes and errata regarding David Foster Wallace's (DFWs) tome of tomes will be deemed too arcane or lame for digressive threads.

All information DFW-relevant -- his other novels, story and essay collections, undergraduate philosophy treatise, or lengthy expose on the Annual Adult Video News Awards, even, or the howling fantods, whatever -- are welcome ad nauseam (or is it ad nauseated? ad nauseous?) as well.

(Footnotes have been temporarily removed for refurbishing).

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Stuff for DFW Dorks, Completists, Collectors (or all of the above) 22kswolff, January 2017ignore
Infinite Jest turns 20-prepare for essays 4Mr.Durick, February 2016ignore
Infinite Jest: James Incandenza's Death? 32footlockfactory, January 2016ignore
I Think, Therefore I Jest: EFs recursive IJ reading thread 41kswolff, December 2015ignore
The Entertainment 6DonGately421, October 2015ignore
Avril is Luria? 9DonGately421, October 2015ignore
End of the Tour docudrama about DFWs IJ book tour 7kswolff, September 2015ignore
Miscellany 62EnriqueFreeque, August 2015ignore
The Pale King 4KatrinkaV, May 2015ignore
IJ reference 6Marcial87, February 2015ignore
Tad's Reading 59TadAD, January 2015ignore
IJ reaches the masses... 2EnriqueFreeque, December 2014ignore
This could be the death of me... 4KatrinkaV, November 2014ignore
DFW's Top Ten List 5khldbrnd, June 2014ignore
The Pale King 27EnriqueFreeque, December 2013ignore
Robert Durick: Okay, I've read it. So what? 33Sandydog1, December 2013ignore
Water 9anna_in_pdx, June 2013ignore
Infinite Jest: meaning of subsidized time products? 15anna_in_pdx, May 2013ignore
Hideously Long (but not forgotten) Interviews with David Foster Wallace 4Jesse_wiedinmyer, May 2013ignore
dchaikin looking towards IJ 51dchaikin, April 2013ignore
Invitation to online reading group of Infinite Jest 1punkzip, March 2013ignore
DFWs Essays that are available online 17detailmuse, February 2013ignore
Footnotes and Fractals: RidgewayGirl takes a long look at IJ 15Mich_Smith, February 2013ignore
nymith's blind walk with Infinite Jest 12EnriqueFreeque, February 2013ignore
Into the heart of America, zenomax's IJ thread. 7zenomax, January 2013ignore
RSVP Thread for Infinite Jest, Opening the First Page on 01.01.2013 99featherblende, January 2013ignore
Justicemoney's First-time IJ Read 10justicemoney, January 2013ignore
anna reads IJ 12anna_in_pdx, January 2013ignore
Why you shouldn't read Infinite Jest; or, A Thread for Haters 35EnriqueFreeque, January 2013ignore
INFINITE JEST & HAMLET: Similarities 3EnriqueFreeque, January 2013ignore
Self-reflexive metathread: Description of Footnotes to Infinite Jester's group description page 1EnriqueFreeque, January 2013ignore
Trandism's Roadmap to IJ 8trandism, January 2013ignore
Elegant Complexity and Other Infinite Jest Reading Aids 6Sandydog1, January 2013ignore
Bas-in-jest 4EnriqueFreeque, January 2013ignore
Why have you avoided DFW or Infinite Jest? Scared? Afraid its weight will crush you? Or wh 54Sandydog1, January 2013ignore
IJ Resources and References 2Sandydog1, January 2013ignore
So how are we going to proceed w/Infinite Jest exactly, come New Year's? 7Sandydog1, January 2013ignore
semckibbin's Infinite Jest reader's diary and personal odyssey (because it's all about me) 3trandism, January 2013ignore
Year of Beelzebubba singing unforgettable Ethel Merman covers and reading Infinite Jest for the seco 6tomcatMurr, December 2012ignore
Tatts 9MeditationesMartini, December 2012ignore
How did you first "meet" Mr. Wallace? 22EnriqueFreeque, December 2012ignore
James O. Incandenza: A Filmography¬™ 8EnriqueFreeque, December 2012ignore
DFW biography 18EnriqueFreeque, December 2012ignore
When Art and Infinite Jest Collide 3slickdpdx, December 2012ignore
Out-of-the-Blue Question Thread: In which Infinite Jest's Themes are mined obliquely 3EnriqueFreeque, December 2012ignore
INFINITE JEST: Its Structure 8EnriqueFreeque, November 2012ignore
Open invite to read Infinite Jest 2012 in good company! 112anna_in_pdx, October 2012ignore
INFINITE JEST: The Canadian Conspiracy & Other small detail-oriented observations (spoilers) 16narpe, October 2012ignore
A new Infinite Jest blog 1TimFootman, September 2012ignore
Maps 1dchaikin, September 2012ignore
Broom of the System 7EnriqueFreeque, September 2012ignore
Gately's former navy M.P. 2beelzebubba, July 2012ignore
A Look at Wallace 1barney67, June 2012ignore
The Rise and Fall in Infinite Jest's Popularity 3EnriqueFreeque, March 2012ignore
Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with DFW 3tomcatMurr, April 2011ignore
New Yorker Short Story... 2krolik, April 2011ignore
Infinite Jest: Jests and Jokes 8EnriqueFreeque, April 2011ignore
Infinite Jest: The Ghost of Eric Clipperton 6glowing-fish, March 2011ignore
Infinite Jest/Harry Potter 3glowing-fish, March 2011ignore
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men 2Sutpen, March 2011ignore
Infinite Jest: The politics of David Foster Wallace 35MeditationesMartini, March 2011ignore
INFINITE JEST: Quotes, themes, observations... 11MeditationesMartini, March 2011ignore
Infinite Jest: Revenge as Theme 2MeditationesMartini, March 2011ignore
DFWs non-Infinite Jest books 10Sutpen, March 2011ignore
DFWs Syllabus at Pomona College 2krolik, February 2011ignore
DFW: Miscellania 37tomcatMurr, December 2010ignore
Spreading Infinite Jest 1cfn, November 2010ignore
A forum for Infinite Jest (a work in progress, please be kind) 6EnriqueFreeque, November 2010ignore
Why won't DFW become a member of this group? 12EnriqueFreeque, October 2010ignore
INFINITE JEST: the end (with spoilers) 26Sutpen, September 2010ignore
Now what? 8tomcatMurr, August 2010ignore
INFINITE JEST: influences 4slickdpdx, August 2010ignore
Halation 9pyrocow, July 2010ignore
IJ sections 3MeditationesMartini, June 2010ignore
Previous topics 15EnriqueFreeque, June 2010ignore
Why this group? 24A_musing, June 2010ignore
INFINITE JEST: Questions 7pyrocow, June 2010ignore
INFINITE JEST: Early pages 1pyrocow, June 2010ignore
INFINITE JEST: Tennis & communication 1pyrocow, June 2010ignore
INFINITE JEST: Common enemies, common suffering 1pyrocow, June 2010ignore
INFINITE JEST: Interesting techniques 1pyrocow, June 2010ignore
INFINITE JEST: Allusions & Food for Thought 1pyrocow, June 2010ignore
Preparing for Infinite Jest (no spoilers) 1pyrocow, June 2010ignore
"p-terminals" 4pyrocow, May 2010ignore
I have a question. 30LizzieD, May 2010ignore

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