It is possible to place a robin’s egg between a blue river and dull black, gray surf. I know this because I found one, somewhere around, well at least I can say—definitely after page (229) in Infinite Jest.
I would not have known this was possible had I not found my way through those first (229) pages.
The amazing thing, really, about a gray surf, is just how bright it makes the robin-egg’s blue appear. If you have access to a plane, or storm-grayed skies, go ahead, test the brightness of that blue egg—you’ll find the same.
This is probably a good time to point out that I didn’t actually find a description of a robin egg in Infinite Jest. Just in case you were about to ask me if you could hold it. Or if we were about to get into a slightly absurd but intriguing conversation about how it feels to hold a robin’s egg in your mouth.
I don’t know how that feels.
Actually, what I found was a description of robin egg’s blue. Robin egg’s blue was simply describing the color of something, something that I don’t remember. So what shape is the memory of a color of a thing I can’t remember?
Wallace is also asking a lot of abstract questions. How are you doing with that?
The plan, I think, is to make something more concrete. Something that wasn’t making a lot of sense for him, and then now, hopefully the abstract or confusing aspects of Infinite Jest may make something more concrete for you.
Sorry if you were hoping I was going to say “more clear.” “More concrete” is definitely in the forecast for a while. I will say, if you are up for veering into an abstract way of thinking, that while concrete isn’t very clear (like a clean window)—it is very clearly heavy. And heavy things are anchors, of sorts, if used properly.
So, is it true? Have these first two hundred something pages brought some clarity as to what you are anchored to?
Tie down or loosen your grip. Or don’t (and it is so important to keep this as an option). If you are tying down, there may be space to attach robin egg’s blue balloons—at some point. Or robin egg’s blue sails, why not?! If you are considering loosening your grip, then well, there is some airtime ahead for you.
Lightness. And round, light, bright blue.