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He never finished a novel.

The Broom of the System
>ends in midsentence

Infinite Jest
>just stops

The Pale King
>died before finishing

Why did he do this?
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He really escalated his methods.
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>>7576207
lmao
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>>7576207
Fucking hell, Anon.
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>>7576202
>Why did he do this?
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>>7576215
Someone shop DFW face over his.
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>>7576250
haha yeah bro that would be epic XD
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>>7576259
reddit
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>>7576277
Maybe I do belong on Reddit for ironic shitposting, but the guy I responded to belongs there as well. And so do you for that matter.
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>>7576277
>>7576283
Where to start with reddit? It always seemed confusing to me.
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>>7576288
fuck off
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>>7576283
>>7576288
https://www.reddit.com/r/books
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>>7576283
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>>7576298
what a worthless post. no content whatsoever. you've devolved discussion down to reaction images and nothingness. absolutely disgusting
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>>7576302
how new are you
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>>7576308
does it fucking matter? would my arrival date somehow change the objective truth behind my statement?
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>>7576315
Jesus christ weaponized reddit autism
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>>7576315
I think in all fairness, I should explain to you exactly what it is that we do here on /lit/. We post pictures of David Foster Wallace. 'Cause we're fuckin' stupid. We don't give a fuck about discussion. That's our business. That's what we do.
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>>7576202
IT'S POMO BRO DON'T U GET IT
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Plebbitors go and stay go.
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>>7576302
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>>7576315
Holy shit. Kill yourself.
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>>7576302
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Literally autistic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wie8uPgQOYE
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>>7576202

This was a deliberate part of Wallace's technique: leading up to a climactic moment, but leaving it unsaid/implied/up to the reader to fill in. He did it a lot in his short fiction too, like in 'Mr. Squishy' and 'Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way'.

Infinite Jest doesn't just stop, it begins after a climactic moment in the story, and by the end it brings the reader back around toward he events that preceded the opening chapter. The Pale King was left in unfinished form, but its intention in the first place was to lead up to something but not get there.

Wallace did things like this in order to urge greater participation and engagement on the part of his reader. When he was younger he was maybe more smug/smart-alecky/know-it-all-ish in how he went about his writing, but as he progressed he mellowed in that regard. (The Pale King is fairly accessible, despite its unfinished state.)
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>>7576315
>>7576302
I agree with these desu, this thread is disgusting

>>7576308
>>>/b/
>>7576449
>>>/b/
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>>7576390
please return to the other website.
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>>7576512
so basically he was a sadistic tease
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wallace's fiction is orgasm denial porn for grad students
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>>7576553

No
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>>7576293
Kek, using my OC.
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This is the day /b/ came to /lit/ and made a thread.
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>>7576347
But that's Joe Peci.
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>>7576512
Urging participation is right, but you risk giving the impression that he was asking his readers to 'solve' some plot or ironic po-mo riddle. It was more about getting readers to consider that those things pose dead ends.
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>>7576512
I was really pissed when I read Mister Squishy.
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>>7577115

It's terribly gauche to point it out mate. Just be glad that it is propagating.

No one believes you anyway.
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>>7576559
Bret Easton Ellis needs a permaban.
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>>7576234
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>>7577503
Weight: 73 Kg
Height: 1.93 m

Was he anorexic? I thought he was much shorter.
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>>7577562
He lost a lot of weight the year he died.
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>>7577503
>No discernible talent is present.
lol
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>>7577503
Wowwww fuck you lol
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>>7577503
I didn't need to cry today
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>>7576202

Emulating Lawrence Sterne
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>>7576202
he still wrote more than most authors
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>>7576480
can we let this whole "dfw was autistic hurhur" meme go. he wasn't.
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>>7576288

the greeks
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>>7577503
>6'4
I didn't realize he was this tall, then again hanging for a couple hours probably stretched his spine a bit
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>>7576202
>Just stops

This is such a perfect way of describe the ending of Infinite Jest
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Should I read Infinite Jest?
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>>7577753
Jesus Christ
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>>7577503
>no footnotes
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