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    USHER Goodreads court is now in session the Honourable Judge Chandler presiding All riseJUDGE Mr Wise you appear before the court today on the

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    this booki think it is time to write a proper review for this book as it is one of my all time favorites and deserves way than two words back when i was a junior in college i was at the nyu bookstore trying to sell back some textboo

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    It's my habit to write on the inside sleeve of a book the words from the text that I can't define or don't understand Here is the res

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    While I don't actually have A Favorite Book or Song or Album or Band or Film or Painting or Sexual Position or any other category of things that contain than one eually great contender Infinite Jest is the first book that immediately comes to mind when the idea of My Favorite Book arisesAs I've already alluded to and partially instantiated in a few scattered places around GoodReads I feel that I read this book at the right time The contin

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    Admittedly Infinite Jest is a tough book You start the book having no clue when it is happening and who the various characters are There is stuff that happens in the opening pages that explains events at the end of the book albeit over 1000 pages and hundreds of footnotes away I'd say it is uite elliptical That being said it is an amazing

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    Anybody who completes THE Infinite Jest automatically receives a medal Really Just read every single fuh cking word from beginning t

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    I've been waiting panther like for the right combination of caffeine and personal gumption to strike to attack writing about this since it really is one of my favorite books ever ever and one of the most fascinating things I've ever read I've read this book twice and I could care less what people say about it because when I do care I tend to grit my teeth over the ridiculous comments reviews that tend to come up in discussing D

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    Know what they say about novels such as Infinite Jest Don’t seek Perfection or Pleasure but rather seek the Infinite PossibilitiesI have a lot to say about this book but before that there’s a little I don’t want to say about it Here it is☽This book is never ending☽It bored me at times too☽Some of the

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    Around halfway through endnote 90 which itself is 4 pages long Don Gately says It makes me feel good you think I'm decent to talk to That's supposed to be why I'm here I sure needed to talk at the start Can you remember where you were headed before I broke i— interrupted? 1001This is arguably what passes for a joke in Infinite Jest See Gately is a reformed thief who used to burglarize houses to support his

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Omedy Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value It is an exuberant uniuely American exploration of the passions that make us human and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can do.. Know what they say about novels such as Infinite Jest Don t seek Perfection or Pleasure but rather seek the Infinite PossibilitiesI have a lot to say about this book but before that there s a little I don t want to say about it Here it is This book is never ending It bored me at times too Some of the end notes were annoying I read many other books when I was supposed to read this book Whenever somebody asked me what IJ was all about I was unable to come up with a clear cut answer I skipped few lines here and there I think those who haven t read this book or won t read it would have or less incomplete existence as a reader I think those who have read the whole book and still think it s no good arewelljust normal I guess No reason is good enough for not reading this book In spite of best of my efforts my mind diverted to DFW s suicide I had thoughts of trying marijuana it s not really a big deal in India After reading few reviews here I got panic attacks due to their awesomeness This review went out of hand and got a bit long so oops I don t want to say cheesy lines like If IJ was a country I d applied for a permanent residency or If IJ was a drug I d get high forever or If IJ was a guy I d marry him or I m already missing reading it I laughed when I said to myself after finishing it let me get my thoughts in order The good news is you can read IJ again and again The bad news is you Have to read it againHere s what I want to sayAn Unexamined LifeEM Forster said One always tends to overpraise a long book because one has got through it Though I m sure he didn t have a book like IJ in mind but I agree with him to some extent Reading a long book means devoting a substantial time of your life a time which you value and there s no way one would like to declare that hesheit spent that time on something unworthy But when the book is Infinite Jest then it deserves every iota of praise bestowed upon it Its reading experience is something like the author takes your hand makes you sit in front of a mirror and whisper in your ear now see the magic and lo you re sucked in by the mirror and the next moment you find yourself in a strange yet surprisingly familiar land and slowly the images the scenery the words starts unfolding themselves and you need to look out at each direction else you ll be lost You need to examine a life which was left unexamined for a long time Day of finishing Infinite JestJan 25 2013 at around 2200hrs I finished reading this book closed it and put it aside I stared at it for a while then logged on to goodreads gave it 5 stars put it under my favorites shelf and asked myself Well what was that all about There was no answer in response but just an echo of words to write something that stabs you in the heart That pierces you makes you think you re going to dieDay of starting reading Infinite jest There was a sudden knock on the door I woke up with a start and reluctantly went to open the door An adolescent boy promptly asked Do you want to get entertained Huh what the I slammed the door shut and went back to sleep Few hours passed but again my sleep broke on hearing some loud cheering I went out and much to my surprise there was a whole tennis court in front of me and two players were busy playing There was a group of boys snorting coke sitting round the corner and on the opposite stands some kind of class was going on I recognized that it was Arthur Ashe stadium but couldn t place the players I looked at the score board Wal and Fed Wal was apparently leading with 6 3 7 6 5 3 Somebody tapped on my shoulder He was the same boy This time he handed me a book I took it and immediately lost my balance The alarm of my cell phone went off at that precise moment and welcomed me back to reality Once the feeling of vertigo subsided I checked the date December 1 2012 I said to myself Of courseThe days in betweenOver the period of almost two months I read IJ every day Having read Girl with curious hair and A supposedly fun thing I ll never do again I experienced both fiction and non fiction writing by Wallace and loved it It proved to be a boon because if nothing else the disjointed stories in IJ were something like short stories from Girl although a lot developed and maturely handled and the long ramblings on different topics reminded me of essays in a Supposedly funso Yes Reading Wallace s other works before attempting this book did help a lot than I expected There was something that made him work for me which not only provided enjoyment but became a great source of knowledge and it won t be an exaggeration to say that I have found a book that shall remain with me both physically and emotionally throughout this modest and unexciting life of mine Infinite Jest is not a work of a genius It s the work of someone who was all set to change the definition of word genius as we know it He created a world that was consistently dark desolate and most of the times demented but also witty ingenious and oh so funny This magnum opus is incredibly challenging but at the same time surprisingly accessible It won t let the reader sit back relax and enjoy it It s no beach read but want its readers to sit up and take notice about what is going on You can t afford to lose focus and track but the probability is that you ll lose both anyway It s that kind of book a literary euivalent of mobiusism a never ending uest a once in a lifetime experience By expressing all this I m in no way glorifying its completion by me but simply stating the facts It s not possible to overestimate this book Wallace took the most wretched situations and characters and created such amazing backdrops that in spite of everything so seemingly hopeless he would still be able to present you with a glimpse of hope In face of lot of desperate moves he would teach you a lesson or two in patience With so many impossibilities going on one after the other he would tell what all is possible if one try to do just one thing Realize His prose is exuberant with less scope of comfort He won t surround you with the sea of beautiful flowing writing to make you feel that he has stated something profound but rather something relentless and contemporary that you re in a position to relate in both subjective and objective way no matter how insane that way is You ll lose count of neologism solecism collouialism malapropism and many other isms DFW employed within IJ which not only proves fascinating but gives you an idea about the extent to which he allowed himself to experiment in order to say whatever he wanted to and you ll see how effortless it all looks as if DFW was telling something that s always been there and getting our attention by a simple psst look here expression Dave Eggers in his wonderful foreword rightly stated A Wallace reader gets the impression of being in a room with a very talkative and brilliant uncle or cousin who just when he s about to push it too far to try our patience with too much detail has the good sense to throw in a good low brow jokeHe has employed an allegorical structure to this novel and develops it to an extraordinary proportion taking cues from many of his influences namely Joyce Pynchon Shakespeare and Dante to name a fewI don t want to indulge much into plots but just a brief and my practice in brevity if I m allowed IJ primarily takes place in futuristic USA circa 2009 10 in Boston city The setting for majority of the narration is based at Enfield Tennis Academy ETA and Ennet House a drug and alcohol recovery house where majority of the interesting characters reside situating nearby ETA ETA was founded by James O Incandenza an avant garde film maker whose wife Avril Incandenza heads the academy with their 2 sons Mario and Hal being the current attendees of the ETA while their eldest brother Orin being a previous attendee now a punter in the NFL Orin is a jerk Mario is great and Hal is lonely Avril is beautiful very tall and delusional about her kids James was taller committed suicide and knew his kids just too well He created a film known as The Entertainment titled Infinite Jest which rud to have ualities such that whoever saw it wanted nothing else ever in life but to see it again then again and so on rendering its audience fatally addicted to it The uest of finding the master copy of this entertainment marks the entry of a group of uebecois separatists in the book known as Les Assassins des Fauteuils Rollents aka Wheelchair Assassins or simply AFR who wants to obtain a copy which they called Samizdat because of its lethal ualities that would make them dangerously powerful to meet their extremist goals This group gave me creeps The book is mostly covered with Wallace commentary about drug addiction through myriad eccentric and bizarre characters at the Ennet House Wallace presents the intake of drugs its effects and substance withdrawal ie cold turkey in such merciless detail that one can t help to actually empathize with those involved in substance abuse Apart from drugs there s some wonderful description about depression clinical depression to be precise Here s one of my favorite passage which I ve tagged as spoiler view spoiler The so called psychotically depressed person who tries to kill herself doesn t do so out of uote hopelessness or any abstract conviction that life s assets and debits do not suare And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high rise Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view ie the fear of falling remains a constant The variable here is the other terror the fire s flames when the flames get close enough falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors It s not desiring the fall it s terror of the flames And yet nobody down on the sidewalk looking up and yelling Don t and Hang on can understand the jump Not really You d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling hide spoiler

SUMMARY Infinite Jest

Infinite Jest

A gargantuan mind altering tragi comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America Set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy and featuring the most endearingly screwed up family to come along in recent fiction Infinite Jest explores essential uestions. USHER Goodreads court is now in session the Honourable Judge Chandler presiding All riseJUDGE Mr Wise you appear before the court today on the charge of failing to adore Infinite Jest an act in gross and flagrant violation of basic Goodreads standards of decency How do you pleadWARWICK WellI mean presumably this kind of thing is all subjective opinion so PROSECUTOR Let the record show that the defendant utterly fails to deny his foul sinWARWICK Hang on JUDGE So noted If found guilty the maximum sentence I can hand down isDEATHGOODREADS MEMBERS from gallery Hooray Kill him Burn the hereticWARWICK Whoa wait a minute there don t you have to assign me some kind of lawyer or something so I can defend myself Like in Perry MasonPROSECUTOR Your honour in view of the gravity of his crimes we believe the defendant should be compelled to represent himselfJUDGE I agree Do you have any evidence to present in your defence wormWARWICK I m glad you asked m lud and thank you for showing such admirable neutrality VOICES FROM CROWD Get on with it scumWARWICK All right Well to be completely honest my heart began to sink from the very first page This was my first exposure to Wallace s fiction so I was paying uite close attention to the opening paragraphs to try and soak up this style that so many people have fallen in love with Defence Exhibit A the openingI am seated in an office surrounded by heads and bodies My posture is consciously congruent to the shape of my hard chair My fingers are mated into a mirrored series of what manifests to me as the letter XWARWICK I submit I was justified in feeling immediate concern that the prose is awkward unlovely and try hard with outbreaks of horrendous juvenile alliterationPROSECUTOR Objection The opening section is clearly narrated by a precocious child genius making the tone entirely appropriateJUDGE SustainedWARWICK That s true And I was definitely willing to go along with that The problem is that as the book goes on you start to realise that basically all his narrators sound pretty much the same they re all variants on the same depressive overeducated outsider speaking in these jagged straining uncomfortable sentences On the few occasions when he attempts social dialects beyond his own including a few passages of extremely ill advised collouial Ebonics it sounds like a grotesue parody than any serious attempt at a socially inclusive writing style Besides is it really an excuse for a writer to say My characters all happen to talk like malfunctioning robots so you re just going to have to put up with it PROSECUTOR Overeducated Really That may apply to the Incandenza family but it s hardly something you could accuse the residents of Ennet House Drug and Alcohol Recovery Center of Isn t it in fact the case that Wallace s daring new amalgam of contemporary patois and technical jargon simply went over your headWARWICK Objection Beyond the scopeJUDGE How is that beyond the scopeWARWICK I don t know it s just one of those things they always say on The Good WifeJUDGE Overruled Answer the uestionWARWICK All right I don t think it s going over my head no The writing style is certainly innovative but mainly in the sense that he sounds stilted and infelicitous in ways that no one has come up with before His pile ups of noun phrases are particularly awkward the nouns plurals genitives apostrophes so aggressively correct that they actually manage to look wrong I hate the sloppy attempt in general to use exaggerated collouialisms as a deliberate style this habit he has of rambling vaguely around a topic for several paragraphs in the hope that one of his phrases will hit home I like writers who craft and refine their thoughts before typing them out not during Overall I just felt there was a horrible uncertainty of tone the narrative voice channel hopping compulsively from slangy to highly mannered to jargonistic often within the same sentence It doesn t cohere but to the point it doesn t feel like DFW is in any controlPROSECUTOR Does it not occur to you that this might be done for deliberate effect Or were you perhaps just put off by all the long words laughter from the juryWARWICK WellI m reasonably sure it s not that I love complicated books with gigantic exuberant vocabularies It s just that here because of the general sense of bloated free fall it all just seems so purposeless so gratuitous To me he comes across less as an artist with a fat vocabulary than a hack with a fat thesaurus Woman in gallery faintsMAN IN GALLERY You monsterWARWICK Defence Exhibit B m lud a description of a character s smile which is said to be empty of all affect as if someone had contracted her circumorals with a thigmotactic electrodePROSECUTOR Of course one of those smiles I can picture it perfectlyWARWICK You bloody can t It s complete bollocks Circumoral isn t even a noun is it And a lot of the time this kind of thing is stretched into full paragraphs have a look at this single sentence Exhibit C which is in no way unrepresentativeAnd as InterLace s eventual outright purchase of the Networks production talent and facilities of two major home computer conglomerates of the cutting edge Foxx 2100 CD ROM licenses of Aapps Inc of RCA s DSS orbiters and hardware patents and of the digital compatible patents to the still needing to come down in price a little technology of HDTV s visually enhanced color monitor with microprocessed circuitry and 2 area lines of optical resolution as these acuisitions allowed Noreen Lace Forch s cartridge dissemination network to achieve vertical integration and economies of scale viewers pulse reception and cartridge fees went down markedly and then the further increased revenues from conseuent increases in order and rental volume were plowed presciently back into fiber optic InterGrid cable laying into outright purchase of three of the five Baby Bells InterNet d started with into extremely attractive rebate offers on special new InterLace designed RISC grade High Def screen PCs with mimetic resolution cartridge view motherboards recognizably renamed by Veals s boys in Recognition Teleputers or TPs into fiber only modems and of course into exrtemely high uality entertainments that viewers would freely desire to choose even WARWICK This passage also contains three endnotes which I will not go into for the sake of all our sanity And don t even get me started on Wallace s Latin which he persistently misunderstands One footnote reads v note 304 sub which is borderline illiterate v is used after the thing you want to reference and sub is a preposition not an adverb What he apparently means is Cf note 304 infra I couldn t normally care less about this sort of thing except that in this book it coexists with a laboured subplot about militant prescriptive grammarians for whom DFW clearly has much misguided sympathyPROSECUTOR Your honour surely it s now clear that the defendant is trying to build a case based on trivial inconseuentialities of personal styleWARWICK I know it seems like nit picking but the thing is these little mis steps here and there all contribute to a general sense that you are not in safe hands It s like his proliferation of initialisms why are ETA and AFR and USA written with dots but MDMA and WETA and AA without them There s no answer except general inconsistency which fans will no doubt tell me is intentional but which is no less annoying for that The same goes for Wallace s pseudo encyclopaedic knowledge base Hal Incandenza is supposed to be an etymology expert who grew up memorising the OED But every time we see this put into practice it s hopelessly wrong Eg There are by the OED VI s count nineteen nonarchaic synonyms for unresponsive which makes no sense because OED 3 won t be completed for another 25 years or so so there s no chance of getting to VI by the near future of the novel s setting and anyway the OED doesn t even list synonyms because it s a dictionary not a thesaurus He traces the word anonymous back to Greek but the Greek is horribly misspelled he traces acceptance back to 14th century langue d oc French but this phrase is both oxymoronic and flat out wrong Where is the research here All through the book there is a profound feeling that David Foster Wallace did not really understand the things he was looking up in order to seem cleverPROSECUTOR Need we remind you that this is a work of fiction and not an academic thesisWARWICK Again it s about confidence in your author Mine uickly evaporated I m concentrating on language stuff only because it s an area where I have an admittedly very dilettantish but somewhat active interest People who know about these things than me tell me his maths is eually dodgy Now contrast all this with a writer like Nabokov or Pynchon to whom Wallace is sometimes cavalierly compared When I read Pynchon I can spend hours chasing up throwaway references to some obscure language some astronomical phenomenon a paragraph of Argentine politics or an obsolete scientific theory it s part of the fun of these big encyclopedic books that you can research all the related knowledge that lies just outside the margins The references hold up and they enrich the reading experience When I try and do the same thing with DFW I always seem to come away with the conviction that he doesn t really know what he s talking aboutPROSECUTOR with heavy sarcasm How unfortunate that so many people overlooked this and mistakenly found his writing moving and powerfulWARWICK Oh come on don t be like that I am delighted that some people love his style it s just not for me I totally admit that this is personal preference I personally like writers who craft beautiful sentences In my opinion Wallace is just not very good at the level of the sentence or even of the paragraph But he can be great over longer distances at the level of the chapter or long passage There are several extended seuences of Infinite Jest that have a kind of cumulative power and excitement to them that I admired very much indeed They were just padded out with far too many passages of inexcusable tediumVOICES FROM CROWD Boo Hanging s too good for himJUDGE banging gavel Order Order to the prosecution Cross examinationPROSECUTOR Extremely cross your honourJUDGE No I mean do you want to cross examine the witnessPROSECUTOR Oh Yes Or rather consulting papers prosecution chooses to call a new witness your honour the defendant s wifeWARWICK What You can t Enter HANNAH looking emotionalPROSECUTOR You are the defendant s wife are you notHANNAH biting lip I amPROSECUTOR And isn t it the case ma am that on than one occasion over the past few weeks you witnessed the defendant audibly chuckling over what he was readingHANNAH II might have donePROSECUTOR Moreover on several occasions did you not see him underlining passages he thought particularly admirableHANNAH fighting back emotion Iyes Yes I didPROSECUTOR And is it not true that those passages included but were not limited to the description of Poor Tony Krause having a seizure the fight outside Ennet House and Don Gately s fever dream seuencesHANNAH bursting into tears It s true He said one of them was thethe best thing he d read all year He recited bits of it out to me in bed and everythingPROSECUTOR And can you see the man who said these things anywhere in this courtroomHANNAH pointing at defendant There That s him That s the man GaarghPROSECUTOR No further uestions your honour HANNAH is led out in tearsWARWICK I what This is ridiculous ObjectionJUDGE What is the nature of your objectionWARWICK The nature of it Umwhat s that one about badgers again PauseJUDGE Badgering the witnessWARWICK That s it He was badgering her She just got totally badgeredJUDGE OverruledWARWICK Look this is an eleven hundred page book If a monkey throws a thousand darts at a dartboard he s going to score a couple of bullseyes He s also probably going to hit you in the eye a few times And in the context of this metaphor a monkey inflicted dart wound to the face can be taken as the euivalent of say an unforgivably tedious description of a geopolitical tennis gamePROSECUTOR The point remains however that you found yourself moved by parts of this book didn t you Affected by the characters storyWARWICK Sure Some characters worked better than others I thought Don Gately in particular was a wonderful creation and I only wish he d been in a tighter and better controlled novelPROSECUTOR You were moved gripped excited even aroused at timesWARWICK Well I wouldn t go that farPROSECUTOR Oh really Isn t it the case that on one occasion last week you found your mind in an idle moment of alone time returning to a certain cheerleader based episode of mass knickerlessnessWARWICK leaping out of seat Ob jection your honour Surely this line of uestioning can t be appropriateJUDGE Ohgo on then sustained I really don t want to hear about it Sighs of relief from public galleryWARWICK Although thinking about it the uery does serve to highlight a certain strain of misogyny that bothered me about the book where the narrator gives Avril Incandenza extra value by repeatedly telling us that she is particularly gorgeous for a woman her age while the nearest thing we have to a female lead is known as PGOAT sorry PGOAT the Prettiest Girl Of All Time and is also defined by her physical attractiveness or the possible marring thereofPROSECUTOR rolling his eyes at jury Oh that s right play the sexism card now And I suppose you were eually unmoved by the gripping descriptions of social deprivation an insight into a world that doubtless a middle class bourgeois reader like you couldn t hope to evaluateWARWICK First of all you should probably be careful what you assume about my background Second of all yes some of it worked really well But again there is a lack of authorial control A lot of the violence and stories of drugged out atrocities start off being genuinely disturbing but end up going so far that they take on a Grand Guignol aspect and become too ludicrous to take seriously When one woman at an addiction meeting mentions her father s late night visits to the bedroom of her severely disabled sister it s very creepy and upsetting But Wallace can t stop himself going on to give us three full unnecessary pages of detailed incestuous diddling his phrase which turns the whole thing from disturbing into cartoonish and sillyPROSECUTOR So there s something silly about sexual abuse is thereWARWICK I ll ignore that Look I agree that there were parts of this book that I enjoyed very much of course there were But I would draw your attention to the fact that during these moments of narrative brilliance the footnotes and speech tics and other po mo devices suddenly dry up he doesn t need them This leads me to conclude that they really serve no purpose except to distract from the turgid flabbiness of other sections of the novel Whose plot by the way goes absolutely nowhere nothing is resolved and no uestions are answeredPROSECUTOR Again we would argue that this is deliberate your honour forcing the reader back to the text so that the book itself becomes an infinite form of Entertainment like the one it describesWARWICK Oh come on This argument stretches generosity to the author beyond the bounds of credibilityPROSECUTOR And yet somehow reviewers who are actually paid to review books unlike you have described this novel as profound and a masterpiece and brilliant and witty refer to prosecution exhibits A through WWARWICK Let s not forget the London Review of Books review Defence Exhibit D and I uoteIt is in a word terrible I would in fact go so far as to say that Infinite Jest is one of the very few novels for which the phrase not worth the paper it s written on has real meaning in at least an ecological sense Shouts of anger from public galleryJUDGE You disgust me Are we ready for sentencingWARWICK Wait Wait I have one witness to callJUDGE Very well WhoWARWICK I call dramatic pause David Foster Wallace For reasons of space the trial concludes here

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About what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are Eual parts philosophical uest and screwball c. Admittedly Infinite Jest is a tough book You start the book having no clue when it is happening and who the various characters are There is stuff that happens in the opening pages that explains events at the end of the book albeit over 1000 pages and hundreds of footnotes away I d say it is uite elliptical That being said it is an amazing piece of literature I forced myself through the first 300 and then 400 pages and at about 500 pages I finally hit my stride and was able to follow through to 1071 yes this was the British printing not the American one I loved the characters and the high comedy that is here as well as all the wacky situations in the drug rehab centre and the tennis academy The president reminded me a lot of the current American regime I could almost see the Statue of Liberty carrying a Trump Tower logo across her forehead or maybe a Chick Fil A sign and the text was occasionally of incredible beauty and insightTake this passage from the MaratheSteeply dialog Someone who had authority or should have had authority and did not exercise authority I do not know But someone sometime let you forget how to choose and whatSomeone let your peoples forget it was the only thing of importance choosing So completely forgetting that when I say choose to you you make expressions with your face such as Herrrrrre we are going Someone taught that temples are for fanatics only and took away the temples and promised there was no need for temples And now there is no shelter And no map for finding the shelter of a temple And you all stumble about in the dark this confusion of permissions This is such a perceptive description of why Drumpf was elected A vast swath of Americans are driven by short attention soans knee jerk reactionism based on their inability to choose and their reliance of alternative facts President J Gentle is eerily similar to Drumpf the coming destruction of Standing Rock by the pipeline from which Drumpf himself oh sorry his son will profit how is that different from the Concavity DFW s book can be read as much of a warning againsy Drumpf as Roth s The Plot Against America or Lewis It Can t Happen Here And I digressAn important book for the 21st C And oh so relevantI talked for a few hours to fellow Goodreads reading addict Nocturnalux and tried to get her convinced that this should be on her reading list It remains for me a landmark work reuiring infinite patience to get the reveal of the infinite joke at the end