Margins: Infinite Jest (173)

David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest is very big and very, very clever, and so writing marginal notes rather than attempting anything so daunting as a ‘review’ is particularly appropriate.

The last sentence in the passage below is reasonably typical of the beautifully surreal images peppered throughout, this one more towards the subtle end of the Infinite Jest spectrum.

Here is how to carry a tennis ball around in your stick-hand, squeezing it over and over for long stretches of time – in class, on the phone, in lab, in front of the TP, a wet ball for the shower, ideally squeezing it at all times except during meals. See the Academy dining hall, where tennis balls sit beside every plate.

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