Monthly Archives: February 2015

Math Errors in IJ

http://www.thehowlingfantods.com/IJmath.htm I came across this post while researching for my midterm. Like the author, I’m not offering any theories or commentary, but it is interesting that these errors were allowed to remain in a book that is otherwise so painstakingly researched … Continue reading

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Now that we’re “done”

Over the course of reading the book I saved some helpful infographics that might help everyone understand exactly what just happened over the course of 1079 pages. Since today’s the day the reading should be finished, I can finally post … Continue reading

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“There is an ending as far as I’m concerned.”

DFW: There is an ending as far as I’m concerned. Certain kind of parallel lines are supposed to start converging in such a way that an “end” can be projected by the reader somewhere beyond the right frame. If no … Continue reading

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Beyond the Right Frame

I just finished Infinite Jest, and the ending was kind of… unsatisfying to say the least. But Wallace wouldn’t just leave us hanging, would he? According to this theory, Wallace left clues for what happens next after the final pages … Continue reading

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Timothy Jacobs, “The Idea of Order in Gerard Manley Hopkins and David Foster Wallace”

This essay is densely packed with quotes from Infinite Jest, various interviews with Wallace, writings from Hopkins, and statements from other literary scholars. I found myself having to jump frequently back and forth between Jacobs’ writing and his endnotes to keep … Continue reading

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TO WISH TO TRY TO SING TO THE NEXT GENERATION: INFINITE JEST’S HISTORY

What an amazing essay Samuel Cohen has constructed. It offers so many interpretations of what David Foster Wallace was trying to convey in Infinite Jest that one could seemingly talk about the essay for years without doing it justice (much … Continue reading

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From One, Many

This essay very clearly relates many of the ideas in Infinite Jest; of course, in Wallace tradition, the essay is long as hell, but it gives a better understanding of what he’s trying to say about entertainment in Infinite Jest.  … Continue reading

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