What I Read, 2011

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Looking back on a year of reading. Around this part of December, you’l hear some people say things like, “I hate these end-of-the year lists.”  I think those people are crazy.  End-of-year lists are great, and I wanted to contribute to the glut with one of my own! (Also great?  The in memoriam part of The […]

Reading the End of Infinite Jest

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Wait.  What happened? You are at the end of Infinite Jest.  You’ve been reading for the last 34 days, over the course of a thousand pages, and your friends and family members are wondering if you are ever going to return to them.  You have met hundreds of characters, underlined dozens of passages of symbolic […]

I Finished Infinite Jest

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The Summer of Jest is over.  Here are some of my thoughts on the last 300 pages. Spoilers ahead. For anyone who chooses to read this book, rest assured that it requires anti-social and obsessive behavior in order to finish it.  I completed it in 34 days, reading an average of 31.7 pages or 14,235 […]

Summer of Jest–Pages 301-600

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I just finished the second trimester of my Jest-ation. Here’s what I’m thinking as I finish pages 300-601: 1. My pace has slowed. 2. Fatigue is starting to set in. 3. Nevertheless, this is still one heck of an entertaining book. 1. My Pace Has Slowed I was originally reading on a “31-squared” scheduled–31 pages […]

Summer of Jest–the First 300 Pages

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Mmmyellow? My family and I have sold our home.  We’re living temporarily with my in-laws, trying to stay out of the exurban heat, and awaiting the birth of our second child.  Throughout all of this, I’ve been lugging around Infinite Jest, trying to make headway.  Here’s where I am so far: Now that I’m 300 […]