Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Infinite Jest Challenge

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace is one of my favorite novels. It has become for many readers the epitome of the unreadable post-modern novel. Much of the narrative takes place in footnotes, characters exist in disparate narratives, entire story arcs never connect with each other, and when it ends it all comes to, is strange. What makes it most unreadable is its length. At 1,104 pages it's a tome more massive than most are willing to tackle, but the authors of The Infinite Jest Challenge decided to try and read the entire book in 30 Days. The Infinite Jest Challenge is almost an example of performance reading. This is up there with the continuous readings of Ulysses that happen on Bloomsday and the Vollmann club for devotions to a work or body of literature.

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