10 Quotes From ‘Infinite Jest’ so You Don’t Have to Read the Whole Thing

10 Quotes From ‘Infinite Jest’ so You Don’t Have to Read the Whole Thing

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David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest has become less a book and more of a baton used to whack lesser intellectuals with. “Oh,” smart people say, “you haven’t read Infinite Jest?” No, I have not and, frankly, I don’t want to. I have other books I want to read, including ones about cowboys, and ones that contain jokes.   I have neither the time nor interest to take on Wallace’s behemoth magnum opus, and that is a knock against it. I’m sure it’s a wonderful book deserving of its renown. Still, not going to read it. What I have read, however, …

10 Quotes From 'Infinite Jest' so You Don't Have to Read the Whole Thing

10 Quotes From 'Infinite Jest' so You Don't Have to Read the Whole Thing

Book Culture

David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest has become less a book and more of a baton used to whack lesser intellectuals with. “Oh,” smart people say, “you haven’t read Infinite Jest?” No, I have not and, frankly, I don’t want to. I have other books I want to read, including ones about cowboys, and ones that contain jokes.   I have neither the time nor interest to take on Wallace’s behemoth magnum opus, and that is a knock against it. I’m sure it’s a wonderful book deserving of its renown. Still, not going to read it. What I have read, however, …

The Guardian Wants You to Help Name the Greatest English-Language Novels

The Guardian Wants You to Help Name the Greatest English-Language Novels

Have you seen The Guardian’s list of the 100 Best Novels Written in English? Put together by writer Robert McCrum, the list is pretty comprehensive; but, if you ask The Guardian‘s readers–it has its flaws. The Guardian’s avid readers were quick to critique every aspect of McCrum’s list, including his methodology (McCrum limited himself to one book per author) and the list’s diversity (readers noted a lack of women authors, authors of color, Irish authors, Nigerian authors, Indian authors, and even Canadian authors.) Individual authors omitted include David Foster Wallace and Kurt Vonnegut. The angry readers have a point; looking at the list, …