Category Archives: Infinite Jest

A Report on Adam Kelly’s “David Foster Wallace: The Death of the Author and the Birth of a Discipline.”

This article does two major things.  First it gives a brief account of how David Foster Wallace (DFW) was celebrated after his death and gives a bit of insight into his popularity.  Then it dives into a chronological breakdown of … Continue reading

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Drowning in a Flood of Information: David Letzler on Cruft in Infinite Jest

Letzler, David. “Encyclopedic Novels and the Cruft of Fiction: Infinite Jest’s Endnotes.” Studies in the Novel 44, no. 3 (Fall 2012): 303-24. If my memory serves me right, we’ve voiced our bafflement over Wallace’s use of endnotes since day one. … Continue reading

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A.A. as a Method of Structuring Time

There seems to be no one in the novel more obsessed and inhabited by time than the hard-core drug addicts. After using drugs to escape from the mundane realities of time for so long, they need a structure in place … Continue reading

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Steeply and Marathe: The Unironic Ironists (?)

“But of these types of your persons—the different types, the mature who see down the road, the puerile type that eats the candy and soup in the moment only. Entre nous, here on this shelf, Hugh Steeply: which do you … Continue reading

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Wallace’s Subtle Hints in the Beginning of Infinite Jest

“Avril Incandenza still sticks with the old L’Islet- region practice of taking just tea and nibbles at U.S. suppertime and waiting to eat seriously until right before bed. Cultured Canadians tend the think vertical digestion makes the mind unkeen. Some … Continue reading

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When Infinite Jest Is Just TOO Interactive; or, Martin Heidegger’s Vorhandenheit

Last night, when I went to take my tenth anniversary edition of David Foster Wallace’s  (1996) out of my bag, I discovered that time had been moving through it in a disastrous way. I had suspected that my well-read second copy … Continue reading

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The Decemberists’ “Calamity Song” and Eschaton

I just remembered this video by The Decemberists for their song “Calamity Song” that depicts Eschaton and I thought I’d share. Enjoy.

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