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Infinite Ephs Week 1 (pgs 3-95)

It’s time to start reading! Hopefully you’ve already picked up your copy of Infinite Jest. This week we’ll be reading pages 3-95 (don’t forget the footnotes), and here are a few things to start thinking about:

Post any of your answers, comments or questions hereĀ  or on http://infinite-eph.blogspot.com as you read along and get the discussion going.

Link corrected –93kwt as editor

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#1 Comment By kthomas On July 8, 2009 @ 1:10 am

“… a fellow of…”

The precedent line is much misquoted.

#2 Comment By kthomas On July 8, 2009 @ 2:18 am

… and on another note…

even thought the file formats can be read on almost any device, it is not possible to purchase/download a Kindle eBook without owning/registering a Kindle/iPhone.

Can we say “illegal bundling???” Does this country have a government left?

Amazon also claims the right to disable all Kindle versions of its eBooks, claiming that they are “licensed” and have no “right to first purchase,”– for reasons including “too many returns” to the Amazon store.

I’m afraid that my opinion of what we should do to —s such as Jeff Bezos, is also not appropriate for current Ephdom company.

— In the Year Of the Kindle

#3 Comment By frank uible On July 8, 2009 @ 9:09 am

Would one be excoriated for reading Hemingway in substitution?

#4 Comment By The Swamped Fox On July 8, 2009 @ 10:40 am

@frank uible: While it’s the more the merrier Frank, I think you’re more likely to be exonerated than anything else.

#5 Comment By Dick Swart On July 8, 2009 @ 3:06 pm

While loading my Maytag Whisper-Quiet Dishmaster, it occurred to me that Yorick had a latter-day descendant: Jack Point in ‘Yeoman of the Guard’ by Gilbert and Sullivan,

Sullivan passes along through Point these words of wisdom concerning ‘Infinite Jest’:

OH! A PRIVATE BUFFOON IS A LIGHT-HEARTED LOON, IF YOU LISTEN TO POPULAR RUMOUR; FROM THE MORN TO THE NIGHT HE’S SO JOYOUS AND BRIGHT, AND HE BUBBLES WITH WIT AND GOOD HUMOUR! HE’S SO QUAINT AND SO TERSE, BOTH IN PROSE AND IN VERSE; YET THOUGH PEOPLE FORGIVE HIS TRANSGRESSION, THERE ARE ONE OR TWO RULES THAT ALL FAMILY FOOLS MUST OBSERVE, IF THEY LOVE THEIR PROFESSION.

Here is a rendition –

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFQyXCVzx9Y&feature=related

#6 Comment By AC ’98 On July 9, 2009 @ 5:36 pm

No one has mentioned that David Foster Wallace is an Amherst alum. Does this mean I need to pick up a book by an Eph author this summer?

#7 Comment By kthomas On July 10, 2009 @ 1:19 am

… so a big spider is a …