Look at me! I’m cursing dead contemporary authors in bed!
I’m pretty sure the reason he titled the book Infinite Jest is because he’s laughing–from beyond the grave–at anyone who tries to read it. The story is a thousand pages long, and it has an additional hundered pages of footnotes, in small print. The footnotes are often just little jokes, like sub footnote (a) of footnote 110, which is, “don’t ask.” A lot of them contain detailed information on various illicit substances which may or may not appear in the story. A few of them contain large chunks of the story itself, which I guess he just put in as footnotes because he couldn’t figure out any place else in the thousand pages of non-linear prose where he could put them. I thought it was cute at first, even amusing, oh ha ha the author is being playful, but now it’s like when you’re hanging around a five year old and they keep telling the same joke about an elephant and a flying pizza over and over, each time laughing hysterically because they just think they are so damn funny.
Has anyone out there actually finished this book? Or is it like Ulysses, everyone starts it but never gets more than a couple hundered pages in before giving up but they all say how great it is because no one wants to admit they couldn’t finish such a highly regarded piece of literature?