Read the fucking footnotes. There’s like pages worth of footnotes. You can’t skip them. If you’re putting in the effort to read Infinite Jest then. David Foster Wallace, the reigning champion of footnotes, decided to use endnotes for Infinite Jest for practical as well as aesthetic reasons. Wallace began writing Infinite Jest in earnest in Much of it is single- spaced, and what footnotes existed at this stage appear at the.

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And they are giving you infjnite right advice: The other banality would be: Win a Lit Hub tote bag! Wiener, Reimann, Frege, Green As its title implies, the novel is in part based on the play Hamlet.

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See, that might be an accurate description in a lot of books, especially non-fiction, where the footnotes contain sources and a little historical context that may or may not be necessary to understand the argument the author’s making.

The Footnote

When I have the time to dedicate to the pure jset of it, both reading footnotes and Googling word definitions, wiki is quite helpful with the obscure references and even words he made upI read it.

The legacy established by Nabokov—that notion of using academic techniques to give form to multiple stories—has been carried forward by Mark Z. Gately was based on a man Wallace met in recovery called Big Craig, who jeat did the elevator-door thing. Topics David Foster Wallace. Views Read Edit View history.

I think the footnotes are essential to this novel. Footnptes Jest is regarded as a literary bestseller, having sold 44, hardcover copies in its first year of publication. Hysterical realism satire tragicomedy post-postmodernism encyclopedic novel.

On the Fine Art of the Footnote

Fundy probably a reference to the Bay of Fundy. Not all critics were as laudatory. David Foster Wallace’s second novel is s et in an absurd but agonizingly believable near-future, and it explores addiction, entertainment, pleasure, commerce, technology, and tennis—lots and lots of tennis.


In the conveniently wide margins, a graduate student and an undergraduate write notes to each other in pen and pencil. He was interviewed in national magazines and ininite on a city book tour. Click here for the extended rules Please report any comment that does not follow the rules and remember that mods have the final say.

But in his other work, Wallace could use a footnote with real pizzazz. Image courtesy of greenplasticamy. You would be losing a large part of the reading experience. Pretty much as the title states.

Publisher Little, Brown equated the book’s heft with its importance in marketing and sent a series of cryptic teaser postcards to 4, people, announcing a novel of “infinite pleasure” and “infinite style”.