Get Ready!

Infinite Jest

Set aside some time to be indoors this winter. 2016 marks the 20th anniversary (!!) of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, and we’re going to be doing some reading. You know, Infinite Jest? That gargantuan novel you’ve talked about reading since the late 1990s, but still haven’t heaved off of your shelf. Or maybe you have made forays into the book, but you got held up at the Eschaton court?

Or maybe you read the novel during Infinite Summer, back in 2009. A few of us did, too. Reading a book like Infinite Jest with a few hundred of your closest friends? It was mind-altering. Which is why we’re back.

So join us. We’ll be back in here in January to ramp things up, and we look forward to meeting you! Infinite Winter is based (shamelessly) on the Infinite Summer model. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. In January we’ll introduce the guides who will be blogging regularly during Infinite Winter, as well as a whole slew of guest bloggers who will be joining us along the way.

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25 thoughts on “Get Ready!”

  1. This book has been on my list for many years, and I picked it up a couple weeks before randomly seeing the Denver Post article featuring Infinite Winter. The fates have aligned for me finally. Have never been a part of a book club before either- digital or human. Looking forward to discussing this treasure with you all.

    1. Colin, you’ll love it! I belong to three book groups besides this, and one of them is carried out online. One good thing about participating digitally is that you can complete your thoughts without being interrupted.

  2. So glad I stumbled on this. I’ve been using the Infinite Summer page as my “reading guide.” I’m on page 300 now, making 20-40 pages per actual reading day, depending on the density of the section. So I’m already “in it to win it.” I’ve made a few notes for myself, but I’m thrilled that there’s a place I can share them now. Now I almost want to start over and make additional annotations…

  3. OK, wow.

    Maybe jumping the gun here, but at page 30 and sifting through the raucously inventive rant from the “professional conversationalist” about Hal’s connection to the Quebec pan-Canadian Resistance, and I’m thinking, “Bam! How Pynchon-esque in its absurd but hilarious conspiracy talk.”

    So, yeah. Wow.

  4. I just put all the dates and pages into my calendar. This is my brother’s favorite book and I really want to get through it. I have read about halfway and got stuck. I have found a couple of storylines that I am really into and a couple that are not as engaging. I hope that the discussion helps me commit and find enjoyment in the parts I haven’t yet “gotten into”. Thank for hosting!

  5. I read it when it first came out and had the pleasure of talking with DFW at a reading that autumn. I don’t know if I have the courage/focus to do it again, but will be dropping in and out of discussion.

    1. Thanks for the link, Josh. That’s the real value of these groups and forums – resources and more resources. I’ve already started, but only 30 pages in. Fascinated but … wow, I sometimes feel like I’m reading for an hour, dwelling on sentences, and not really getting anywhere. How far are you in?

  6. Fantastic! IJ has been on my “to read” list for awhile now. My wife gave me it to me for Christmas, so the timing is perfect. I thought I was going to have to slog through it alone. Definitely looking forward to reading along with the group.

  7. Totally into this! I tried reading it over the summer and gave up around page 100. It will be nice to do this while discussing it with other people. Great idea!!

  8. I’m in Denver, and Tattered Cover was able to order/deliver the book within a week. Glad to have some direction on what seems to be an epic journey.

  9. Like many, I’ve had IJ on my to-do-list for a while now, and the Infinte Winter is the perfect opportunity to jump in. Infinite Jest evokes the same excited, but daunting, feeling I had before reading Pynchon’s V. in graduate school. While I knew I would appreciate the novel regardless of how I read it, I greatly benefited from the community of readers sharing thoughts, ideas, questions, and, of course, explanations of allusions that I might have missed. So far, I think I’ve encouraged a few others to at least buy the book and consider the challenge.

    Can’t wait to get started.

  10. I did Infinite Summer and sharing comments enriched the book wonderfully. I’m looking forward to the re-read-along (and will respect a no-spoiler policy). This will be great!

  11. I cannot wait to do this with a group. Read this on my own the first time and it demands discussion! Kudos to
    those who put this together.

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