so i know you guys say theres really not anything to read as a preparation for infinite jest and that is the easiest one in the meme trilogy but seriously, for someone with a very small background in literature is there anything i can do beforehand to understand better these meme?
Just don't read it man. Go to college. Read books. Come back to it in five years if you're still curious what it is.
You're just going to waste your time and spoil a great deal of reading for yourself if you try to read Infinite Jest. It isn't complicated, but if you aren't well read it will probably be boring. I mean that honestly.
Go read Calvino, go read Chaucer, go read Cervantes...you should even read earlier DFW if you really must read Infinite Jest. Pick up Brief Interviews and read it next year. Then if you're really into it let 2018 be your year of Infinite Jest.
There are many, many writers you can choose who are both more complex and thought provoking while also being more accessible. I know that sounds paradoxical, but it takes a certain conditioning of mind to take on books like Infinite Jest that are essentially written for life-long readers.
This is your typical /lit/ pseud's advice and it's a load of pretentious smegma. Just read the fucking book OP, other than the requirement for infinite fingers to bookmark the footnotes glossary as you're reading, there's nothing else you need. The book is extremely readable.
I'm not an expert, but I plan on tackling IJ thiss year, but I'm going to read Both Flesh and Not First. I've read the first couple sections, it's a collections of articles/short stories DFW wrote.
Every book can be read electronically. But I think reading the physical copies (with two bookmarks) is easier. That's how I did it.
And OP, just read the book. But try not to give up around the 200-300 page mark. After that, everything will fall into place.
>year of the overpriced memphones
>not reading the gospel of DFW (may sincerity be with him)
>what are you doing with your life senpai?
Make notes for each character and it'll all come together and you'll enjoy yourself. Don't stress about making it fit chronologically until you're done with the book but it will make sense if you just write down what happened to a character and in what year when you see them.
you can apply that to anything in your life thats not monumental
youre probably fucking around and so is the guy youre replying to but I hear that logic so much and its retarded
>lol a plane can crash into your house RIGHT NOW and you want to spend your last moments eating breakfast?
shut the fuck up