Join our Infinite Jest challenge;
Join our Infinite Jest challenge; this summer we’ll read together David Foster Wallace’s intimidating masterpiece. If you ever considered reading it but it always felt like an overwhelming endeavor, this is your chance.
If you read 10 pages a day (including footnotes) it’ll take you exactly 4 months to finish it. We’ll meet on Wednesday June 21st to kick off the challenge on June 21st and we’ll keep it going till September 22nd. We’ll have checking meetings every 3 weeks or so (stay tuned) to discuss our progress. We’ve also open the conversation in a Goodreads group.
At more than 1,000 pages – with copious footnotes– this novel changed the rules of fictions when it was published back in 1996. A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts’ halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are.
Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value. It is an exuberant, uniquely American exploration of the passions that make us human – and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can do.
Fear no more, there’s nothing we can’t achieve when we read together.
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