Hello, faithful readers. Or new readers, or readers that get here through a Google search. Today begins a wonderful project, one which will certainly change the way we think about blogging, books, and life in general. Have you guessed it? Yes! A blog series chronicling my experience reading Infinite Jest, that massive tome of literary playfulness and depression. How many have tilted at this particular windmill, only to find themselves washed up on the sharp rocks of its two pound girth? Is that one of the most mixed metaphors you’ve ever read? The answers to these questions are unknowable, much like how the book in question has a reputation for being in the cultural zeitgeist. However, is it really all that hard? I’m already 63 pages in and I only started like a month ago. The progress is slow but steady. And now you’ll be able to follow along.
I don’t want this to be a long form review, I want it to be a jumping off point for discussing whatever comes up as I read this gargantuan novel. Is it a passage that strikes me (there have been three or four so far to do so), sparking a dissection of it, or maybe a memory of mine that might be interesting? Or maybe it’s the the mysteries of the text that unravel, the motifs of circles and blue that recur over and over again. Or maybe it’s some consideration of the book’s sci-fi leanings. WHO KNOWS! We’ll discover together. This won’t be the only thing to pop up on this site, all your favorite movie reviews and such will return, plus perhaps an exciting audio project. If you want to read along, I encourage you to do so. It’s not that hard a read, despite all protests to the contrary and sites and books dedicated to making it easier to follow. Speaking of following, follow me on Instagramps to keep up with my progress in fun picture form. Check back here every week or so (or sign up for email alerts, or subscribe to the RSS feed, both achievable on the right hand side there –>) to see all new posts.
Later today, in fact, will be a reflection on those first 63 pages. So return, dear reader, even if you’ve not attempted the book, and see if it might interest you.