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Harry Ransom Center's IJ 20th Anniversary Series

Don't miss the Harry Ransom Center's series commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the publication of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest.

Of particular note are the Fellows Find essays by researchers accessing the DFW Archive.

Start with David Hering's, Researcher traces the compositional structures of David Foster Wallace’s Fiction, it's wonderful.


Reading IJ After a Year on the Wagon

For Paste is Tyler R. Cane's, Reading Infinite Jest After a Year on the Wagon:

But that’s just Infinite Jest’s subject matter; it’s reading the physical book that mirrors abstaining from substances in the long-term. Though you can measure progress in page-sized increments, that act usually turns out to be fruitless. I’m not a fast reader, and more than once I approached a 30-page chapter—a night’s worth of reading—only to be intercepted by a six-page footnote on James O. Incandenza’s filmography, or an exhausting interview transcriptions between his son, all-star football player Orin Incandenza, and “soft-profile journalist” Helen Steeply. I probably cursed, flipped to the back of the book for the hundredth-or-so time, and then laughed my ass off when I was finally immersed in the text. I also would’ve lost my mind if I tried adjusting anything to a cut-and-dried schedule.

Continue Reading Infinite Jest After a Year on the Wagon



Infinite Jest at 20

Fantastic essay by Tom Bissell in the New York Times book review today, Everything About Everything: David Foster Wallace's 'Infinite Jest' at 20. It's adapted from his foreword to be included in the 20th Anniversary Edition of Infinite Jest.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016 10:22

Infinite Winter Begins!

The Infinite Winter group read has started. Heaps of awesome introductory/countdown posts on the official page. Join in!

Here's the reading schedule. Don't have a copy? Pick one up here.



Twitter: #InfWin

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016 10:13

The Great Concavity - DFW Podcast Eps 5, 6 and 7

Episodes 5, 6 and 7 of the The Great Concavity have appeared while I was away. (Follow the show on twitter @ConcavityShow and subscribe to the podcast here)

I'm still catching up after my time away, but Dave and Matt have once again attracted great guests to the show! Tim Groenland in Ep 5 and Chris Ayers in Ep 7.


The podcast is hosted by Dave Laird (@DaveLaird2) and Matt Bucher (@mattbucher, wallace-l,, Simple Ranger, Side Show Media Group) two Wallace enthusiasts with a wealth of Wallace knowledge to share.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 January 2016 15:31

Infinite Winter - Infinite Jest Read

Infinite Winter is an online/group/collaborative read of Infinite Jest (inspired by the hugely successful Infinite Summer read of Infinite Jest in 2009) and it begins on January 31!

Mark Flanagan is organising this time around. Here's the reading schedule. Don't have a copy? Pick one up here.



Twitter: #InfWin

I hope you can join us!


Oh, and it was featured in The Denver Post, "Infinite Jest" book club tackles the big tome on its 20th anniversary.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 January 2016 00:46

Developing the New Infinite Jest Cover

Catching up on news while I was away...

(Joe Walsh - early cover design)

In, Infinite Jest 20th Anniversary Cover, Joe Walsh describes the process behind designing his winning entry for the Infinite Jest Cover competition (previously) and what changed from his submission to the final design. My favourite is the black background with the glowing television. An interesting read. Congrats, Joe!

I played around with all of that, and created many “final” covers before deciding on my final image. Many of them were compelling images, but didn’t translate into a striking book cover. I decided that for me, the most central theme in the book had to do with what we are looking for when we look towards entertainment. What is it about entertainment that draws us in, even though we know on some level that most of it is created by people who really only care about your money.

These images are a look into my process for the final cover.

Continue reading Infinite Jest 20th Anniversary Cover.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 January 2016 00:23
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