My family and I have sold our home. We're living temporarily with my in-laws, trying to stay out of the exurban heat, and awaiting the birth of our second child. Throughout all of this, I've been lugging around Infinite Jest, trying to make headway. Here's where I am so far:
Now that I'm 300 pages into it, it's about time for me to do some writing about what I've read. I have gotten through the bewildering first 150-pages or so, when I was beginning to question whether the novel was ever going to stop introducing new characters, new situations, and new plotlines that needed my attention. At this point in the novel, I feel confident that there are two main plots and I understand them--on one hand, Hal Incadenza and the E.T.A. kids, and on the other hand Don Gately and the equally eccentric denizens of the Enfield House.
No way am I going to try a summary, or even an analysis of it. Instead, I am going to highlight some of the sections of the novel that I have enjoyed the most so far, in no particular order. (Most of the following comes from emails I have written with my older brother, Jason, who has been guiding me through my reading. He's the one who encouraged me to start reading it back in 2004, when I made it to page 324, and who has stuck with me until now.)