The End.

The End.

“And when he came back to, he was flat on his back on the beach in the freezing sand,
and it was raining out of a low sky, and the tide was way out.”

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Week Twelve – Pages 795 – 876 (endnotes 333 – 353)

Week Twelve – Pages 795 – 876 (endnotes 333 – 353)

Hal tries to go to an NA meeting, Gately meets a wraith, we don’t know what has happened to Kate, and Ortho Stice is stuck.

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Week Eleven – Pages 728 – 795 (endnotes 303 – 332)

Week Eleven – Pages 728 – 795 (endnotes 303 – 332)

As the reading winds up (only two weeks left!) I am appreciative of how DFW has left a few major details to the last quarter of the book: this week we finally get the story of Joelle’s disfigurement, the details of Marathe’s wife. As well, Marathe infiltrates Ennet House and gets drunk with Kate Gompert, we see the Incandenzas through Joelle’s and Molly Notkins’ perspectives, Mario asks about sadness, Hal comes clean, and Pemulis gets the boot.

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Week Ten – Pages 651 – 728 (endnotes 266-302)

Week Ten – Pages 651 – 728 (endnotes 266-302)

Now that we are very significantly past the half way mark, are you feeling speculation about where the novel is taking us? What our final destination will be? We know Hal ends up non-verbal, trapped inside his own, unreliable body, but where will the AFR’s search for the samzidat lead? What journey is Don on, or Joelle, or even Lenz?

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Week Nine – Pages 580-651 (endnotes 241- 265)

Week Nine – Pages 580-651 (endnotes 241- 265)

In which Lenz’s nightly assaults catch up to him, Mario is missing Madame Psychosis, Orin has been entrapped by the “Swiss hand model,” the WYYY engineer gets scooped up by the AFR, objects are moving around E.T.A, Steeply’s father obsessed over M*A*S*H and Day articulates the dark, billowing shape.

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Week Eight – Pages 503 – 580 (endnotes 209-240)

Week Eight – Pages 503 – 580 (endnotes 209-240)

Before we get into the horror that is Randy Lenz, we meet up with Roy Tony once more, wait out the repercussions of Eschaton in the HrH’s vey blue waiting room, the morning sun is about to rise on Marathe and Steeply, Pemulis has some very important info about Avril, Joelle and Don have a hard time talking with each other, and Orin is seduced by a hand model.

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Week Seven – Pages 430-503 (endnotes 175 – 208)

Week Seven – Pages 430-503 (endnotes 175 – 208)

This week, we wrap up a few threads that began last week (Clipperton, the rest of Mario’s film), we spend a lot of time with Don, and learn the intricacies of am drills at E.T.A, get the back story on Pat Montesian, hang out on the ledge with Marathe and Steeply, are privvy to the last moments of the Antitoi Bros. lives, and hear JOI’s voice for the first time, as he reflects on a childhood experience that later became the film “Valuable Coupon Has Been Removed”

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Week Six – Pages 343*- 430 (endnotes 141 – 174)

Week Six –  Pages 343*- 430 (endnotes 141 – 174)

This week we attend a dark and brutal AA meeting, learn about the birth of O.N.A.N through Mario’s Interdependence Day film screening, follow the growth of Inter-Lace, and talk pea soup with Marathe and Steeply.

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Week Five – Pages 283-358* (endnotes 93-140)

Week Five – Pages 283-358* (endnotes 93-140)

Wherein we traverse 47 endnotes (!), get some perspective on Orin and JvD’s relationship, shudder in a bathroom stall with Poor Tony Krause, brush up on our Quebecois separatist history, understand the extent of Mario’s disfigurements, check in with Marathe and Steeply, and learn about Eschaton.

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Week Four – Pages 211-283 (endnotes 73-92)

Week Four – Pages 211-283 (endnotes 73-92)

This week we get a deeper introduction to DMZ, follow Madame Psychosis as she has Too Much Fun one more time, discover the gruesome details of JOI’s suicide, and spend more time both at E.T.A and Ennet House. We also now know what B.S. years the book is occurring in. And there are a lot of wheelchairs.

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Week Three – Pages 137-211 (endnotes 49-72)

Week Three – Pages 137-211 (endnotes 49-72)

A few of my favourite forgotten sections popped up this week. The combination of the nonlinear nature of the book, its sheer volume, and my fragmented memory means there are many little bits whose place in the book I can’t recall, even after five readings.

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The Howling Fantods

Running since ’97, Matt Bucher’s website is probably THE biggest and best resource of DFW related information.

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Chris Ayers “Poor Yorick Entertainment”

Check out pooryorickentertainment.tumblr.com by Chris Ayers. As a visual exploration of Infinite Jest,  Ayers uses crisp, clean modern poster designs to reference key elements of IJ. I love his posters of James Incandenza’s films. AND you can download high res versions for free!   ...

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Week Two – Pages 63-137 (endnotes 23-48)

Week Two – Pages 63-137 (endnotes 23-48)

More than a few people I have spoken to put IJ down around 100 pages in. So we have just passed through a place where there can be a certain level of attrition.

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Week One – Page 3-63 (endnotes 1-21)

Week One – Page 3-63 (endnotes 1-21)

Welcome to the first week of Infinite Summer, and to the first 63 pages of Infinite Jest.

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