And so but I've been re-reading Infinite Jest in this strange, almost purely subconscious way, where I take on just a few pages (seriously, like 2-3 pages) every night right before sleeping. I've done the calculations, and so you don't have to tell me it will literally take years to finish it this way. I'm… Continue reading Maybe Infinite Jest is About Addiction
First off, Happy 8 Year Blogging Anniversary! Although David Foster Wallace is one of my favorite writers of all time, I've put off examining his prose until this late in the series. I did this on purpose, because the writers we have looked at "follow the rules." They use clean, minimalist prose. It's easy to… Continue reading Examining Pro’s Prose, Part 9
In October I wrote a post in defense of gaming in which the central argument is a claim that any person who takes experiencing art as an important human experience should consider certain types of games as a worthwhile use of time as well. Some games are basically interactive films, but some are much more… Continue reading Video Games as a Solution to the One-Sided Problem of Art
This is mostly meant to be a direct continuation of the last post, but there is so much to say about the importance of this short story for understanding Infinite Jest that I needed a full post to do it. I will try to stick to this thesis, but I get so excited about unraveling… Continue reading Westward the Course of Empire Takes its Way
I've been reading the biography of David Foster Wallace, Every Love Story is a Ghost Story by D.T. Max, and it reminded me that for years I've been meaning to do a blog post on some of the preparation you can do to have a much better experience reading Infinite Jest. First, I'm not doing… Continue reading Minor Preparation to Get the Most out of Infinite Jest
Wow. Has it really been seven days since I last posted? I studied and did finals for the first half of the week. Then I went into recovery mode for the rest of the week, and now my parents are visiting me. Anyway. My most recent project is that I'm giving a lecture on David… Continue reading What Day is It?
Barth is known for his excessive meta-fictional devices and influence on writers mentioned previously like Pynchon, Wallace, and probably any serious post-modernist.