Infinite Jest was first published February 1st 1996. Its the 20th anniversary, what are you going to do to celebrate?
I started it last year on July 15th, read 20 pages every day for a month, then i picked it back up in December 15th and finished it on december 30th. its a hell of a ride, cant believe i read all that. that shit is dense and has so much information that 10 pages is a lot to take in.
the upside is that its extremely entertaining, hilarious, feely, and I could empathize with the characters to a level I did not know was possible. THe reason for this being that its set in such a modern and informal atmosphere that I feel like ive met people like Erdedy or Hal in my life.
I was not very sure of what had exactly happened wrt the Entertainment and the ONAN when the book ended and kinda had to go back to some parts of the book and check online on plot analysis.
it has not dated one bit and it perfectly describes the concept of "seeking constant entertainment as a means of being happy in the United States".
I did wish I had started with some lighter-weight novels as an introduction to pomo lit. I had read everything by Cortazar, Sabato, and the Existentialists so I felt a little comfortable, but it would have helped if i had read some of the pynchon i read later(V., CoL 49, GR) before this baby
Those Pinecones are all a lot more dense than Infinite Jest. I read the first two parts of the meme trilogy (Ulysses, Gravity's Rainbow, Infinite Jest) first and Infinite Jest was the easiest one by far.
The writing itself isn't that complex. It's just really long for a standalone book, there are some big/obscure words, and the whole flipping back and forth between the notes and text can take some getting used to.
I'm around page 60 and the flipping back and forth is annoying already. Do you honestly get used to it?
Is it weird to ask if there is an IJ trading strategy? Like do people just constantly keep a finger in the notes section?
I already use that system. I'm just saying it's faster to switch between places by just keeping my finger in the notes section constantly. It's just annoying.
Why did DFW even do this footnotes shit
buy two copies and keep one open to where you need. I did find it pretty tedious too but that's just the maximalist style he was trying to capture. Stick in for 300 pages and it gets better once you start to get to know everyone