Friday, June 24, 2011

The Summer of Jest


This summer I am going to read David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest.  Maybe.  

The summer of 2011 is going to be a difficult but rewarding one.  First, my wife is expecting our second child at like almost any moment now.  Also, we are in the process of selling our house and buying a new one, with an interval of homelessness (and a stay at the in-laws) in between.  No question--adult life is stressful.

As long as the theme of the summer of 2011 is difficult-but-rewarding, why not tack Infinite Jest on top of that?

This isn't the first time I have tried to complete it.  In the summer of 2004, at my older brother's insistence, I got into the story and made it to page 324 before running out of breath.  I was enjoying the read, laughing along, but something came around and distracted me, and I never got back to it.

I'm 134 pages on my way back into the novel, and remembering the delight tinged with frustration that I experienced the first time round.  In a few days I will have more to say about; in the meantime, wish me luck and offer advice.

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