Posting ID : B1008807461
Date Posted : 2012-05-21
Group : Activity Partners
Ever hear of Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace? No? It's a huge book. Some describe it as a "doorstopper" but that's incorrect, it's more like a train stopper. At a whopping 1079 pages (including footnotes and errata) Infinite Jest is a literary adventure totally unparalleled by anything you've ever read before.
Widely regarded to be one of the best books of the last century, Infinite Jest offers a brilliant insight to American culture and how we value entertainment. The plot partially revolves around the missing master copy of a film cartridge, titled Infinite Jest and refered to in the novel as "the Entertainment" or "the samizdat". The film is so entertaining to its viewers that they become lifeless, losing all interest in anything other than viewing the film. The video cartridge was the final work of film by James O. Incandenza before his microwave suicide, completed during a stint of sobriety that was requested by the lead actress, Joelle. Quebec separatists are interested in acquiring a master, redistributable copy of the work to aid in acts of terrorism against the United States. The United States Office of Unspecified Services (USOUS) is seeking to intercept the master copy of the film in order to prevent mass dissemination and the destabilization of the Organization of North American Nations. Joelle and later Hal seek treatment for substance abuse problems at The Ennet House Drug and Alcohol Recovery House, and Marathe visits the rehabilitation center to pursue a lead on the master copy of the Entertainment, tying the characters and plots together.
Anyhow, I'm looking to get a reading group together to tackle this beast (I've read it before, but it's that good). The reading load would be about ten or eleven pages a day over the summer, and we'd meet once a week at Barnes and Noble or Starbucks or the park depending on the weather to discuss. If you're interested, shoot me an email.