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My summer project (and yours): infinitesummer.org.

Posted on May 21, 2009 to Elsewhere





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It may not seem like much, but 75 pages of DFW can take a week. I am about halfway through and hope to join you in the celebration on 9/22

Posted by: RJDrymartini on May 21, 2009 12:30 PM

Let's do this.

Posted by: MrChucho on May 21, 2009 12:40 PM

I thought this was going to be one of those deals where you travel the world, searching for the best waves for surfing, staying wherever it's summer.

Posted by: Lester on May 21, 2009 1:02 PM

"Infinite Jest" is perhaps the polar opposite of beach reading. It's a heavy tome to begin with and you are going to want a comprehensive dictionary at hand while you read. It's a disturbing book with DFW's unique style of grotesque humor. I'm glad I read it but the thought of reading it again is daunting. The story and the way DFW tells it really messed with my head. Beware!

Posted by: Fred on May 21, 2009 2:17 PM

I'm in. I won't even bring up the missing Lolita post.

Posted by: Melissa on May 21, 2009 2:19 PM

That's funny. I was just contemplating tackling this one. It would be lovely to have people in the trenches with me.

Posted by: Jules on May 21, 2009 2:42 PM

I read this book over about 3 months this past winter. I did not find it at all hard to read and actually wish that it was longer. It was that good. It was by far the best book I have ever read. I wish that I could un-read it and start again. Enjoy.

Posted by: Gump on May 21, 2009 3:54 PM

Coincidentally, I started reading "Infinite Jest" about a month ago and I'm halfway through. It had been sitting on my shelf for several years, intimidating me. When Wallace died last year I made up my mind to dive in. I had approached it as a commitment and now it's a true pleasure. It's unbelievably funny and easily one of the best books I've read in the last five years or more. I don't want it to end and when I'm done I'm probably going to cry.

Posted by: Gabe on May 22, 2009 10:38 AM

I just joined the Facebook group. I've recruited two friends to do this with me. I started the book seven years ago and always intended to finish one day.

Posted by: Christine on May 22, 2009 11:33 AM

Strangely I was just thinking I wanted to get that book from the library. I don't know what compelled me. I had a tentative plan to read as many of Saul Bellow's novels as I could get my hands on this summer. But I'm in for Wallace. Possibly as well.

Posted by: Edwin Allen on May 22, 2009 1:43 PM

I'm in!

Posted by: Stephen Glenn on May 22, 2009 1:47 PM

i commend you all... i started this book several years ago, and got so bored that i never got past half-way. i confess that i was not a fan of his writing style at all, so picking it up again would be a challenge, but i will have to consider it...

Posted by: greta on May 22, 2009 2:32 PM

thanks for spreading the word. i'm in.

Posted by: Katya on May 22, 2009 3:57 PM

Italy here, I think that I should redo the math because of the translation but count me in.

Posted by: Jacopo on May 23, 2009 1:39 PM

i've been slowly picking up this book and putting it back down. i think this is the motivation i need to finally finish.

Posted by: Jilly on May 25, 2009 2:58 PM

but what if i already read it?! i don't know if i have the strength for another run through.

Posted by: babs on May 27, 2009 10:28 AM


Mmmm. 75 pages of DFW.
That's adds up to about 19 sentences, no?

Posted by: Lung the Younger on May 28, 2009 1:52 AM

I'm already reading one very difficult book this summer(Mein kampf) so I'll pass on that one.

Posted by: jakerman on May 31, 2009 5:22 PM

I'm detecting a lack of interest in this blog on your part, which has now rubbed off on me. Bye bye.

Posted by: katfish on June 1, 2009 8:37 AM

Bah. Anna Karenina is the summer project for me.

Posted by: Louis on June 2, 2009 5:14 PM

I'm interested, but can someone tell me why I should devote so much time to this big book? If I'm going to tackle one so fat and perplexing, wouldn't it be more worthwhile to read Ulysses by Joyce?

Posted by: Caroline on June 4, 2009 11:54 AM

I'm interested, but can someone tell me why I should devote so much time to this big book? If I'm going to tackle one so fat and perplexing, wouldn't it be more worthwhile to read Ulysses by Joyce?

Posted by: Caroline Dratski on June 4, 2009 11:54 AM

Yippee! My doorstop copy arrived in the mail today. Count me in! And my husband if I can convince him.

Posted by: Kristi on June 9, 2009 1:31 PM

"I'm interested, but can someone tell me why I should devote so much time to this big book? If I'm going to tackle one so fat and perplexing, wouldn't it be more worthwhile to read Ulysses by Joyce?"

It's not a vegetable, or a bowl of total. You don't have to examine the spine to see which one has more niacin. Just pick the one you'll think you'll enjoy more. Sample both before deciding, if you like. One life is too short to read all the great books in the world.

Posted by: C. on June 10, 2009 1:34 AM

I'm reading IJ on my Kindle 2, which I thought was kind of cheesy at first, but you have the dictionary built in and you can jump right to the end notes, and you can make your own notes. I think DFW and Kindle are a good match.

Posted by: Debbie on June 11, 2009 7:54 PM