Read the fucking footnotes. There’s like pages worth of footnotes. You can’t skip them. If you’re putting in the effort to read Infinite Jest then. David Foster Wallace, the reigning champion of footnotes, decided to use endnotes for Infinite Jest for practical as well as aesthetic reasons. Wallace began writing Infinite Jest in earnest in Much of it is single- spaced, and what footnotes existed at this stage appear at the.

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Other times they just served to explain something, and I had to force myself not to skim over them. President Johnny Gentle a “clean freak” who campaigned on the platform of cleaning up the USA while ensuring that no American would be caused any discomfort in the processmuch of what used to be the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada has become a giant hazardous waste dump, footnotfs area “given” to Canada and known as the “Great Concavity” by Americans due to the resulting displacement of the border.

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Much of it is single-spaced, and what footnotes existed at this stage appear at the bottom of pages Of course, each of the endnotes corresponds to lines in the poem, so the reader does go back and forth in that section, but this is very different from the dynamic of footnotes, which create dual narratives that are experienced, as much as is possible, simultaneously. For me, this makes it more clear. And I wanted it not to have a single main character.


He places the bulk of House of Leaves in footmotes margins, evokes character through commentary, and creates tension with verisimilitude. It was already into its sixth printing a month after publication. There are almost entire subchapters hidden in those footnotes. Snuff ground tobaccowhich is inhaled rather than smoked or chewed. Footnotes, in other words, no longer merely support a story; now, they can be the story.

In addition, sporadically stuffed into the pages are various notes, postcards, photos and letters, left by one student for the other. It was hyped like crazy before it was published.

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But I’m fascinated with how he writes, his irony and the story. So yeah, what if I just read the book but skip the footnotes?

Eschewing chronological plot development and straightforward resolution—a concern often mentioned in reviews—the novel supports a wide range of readings. Lesotho a kingdom of southern Africa, existing as an enclave entirely within the Republic of South Africa.

People skip stuff in books all the time. While other separatist groups are willing to settle for nationhood, the A. What do we do with these infuriating endnotes?

It could have been the same accident as the one to which Bain refers here. Wayne is 17, footnites Avril Incandenza is 56, and the young tennis stud has obviously X’d the Academy matron more than three or four times. You can find his work at brickjest. Halcion still available in Canada, unbelievably, still It’s also still available here, though the U. Personal tools Log in. First of all, like House of LeavesS. Frederick Rickeythough he is contemporary while the other named men are not.


In particular, the mock-academic literary and cinematographic criticism.

I think the footnotes are essential to this novel. Bruce in Rose Marie, made 34 years earlier. Max, Wallace’s biographer, Wallace “learned to erase passages that he liked from his hard drive, in order to keep himself from putting them back in.

December 31, Tuesday 1st of the month New Releases: So basically, you have to read the endnotes, a fact that leads every reader of Infinite Jest to carry two bookmarks with them.

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Swinburne Algernon Charles Swinburne was a British poet whose work had themes of homosexuality and sadomasochism. Want to add to the discussion? Encouraged We love original content and self-posts!

Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 1″. Home Assignments Readings Syllabus Announcements. Wikiquote has quotations related to: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Constantine perhaps Constantine Iby tradition first Christian emperor of Rome. The other banality would be: And, as you point out, one of the most compelling aspects of the theory is footnootes it accounts for the endnotes more neatly. And it’s a long read with or without them.

Compton also calculated that the longest unbroken series of conjunctions in the text is six: Preview your changes before saving them. There’s like pages worth of footnotes. Literature of the World: He completed it during a period of sobriety that was insisted upon by its lead actress, Joelle Van Dyne.

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