The Dupont Circle Reading Railroad Message Board › Meetup details changed: DAVID FOSTER WALLACE: "Infinite Jest"
We've made a few adjustments to our Infinite Jest event <http://www.meetup.com/The-Dupont-Circle-Reading-Railroad/events/48379532/>. Basically we are making the event much more epic and awesome, to line up with such an epic and awesome book. (If these changes affect your plans to attend, please change your RSVP. Tracking attendance will be important for this event!)
1. We are pushing the event back 2 weeks to July 1, 2012. Rather than a regular book club in YOLA, we will do a potluck type deal earlier in the afternoon at our apartment in Dupont. We'll go from 2 p.m. to whenever on Sunday ... aside from a delicious meal, we'll need a few hours to cover the whole book, socialize, go on tangents, etc.
2. You can start right now. The book is long (over 1000 pages), but 2 months is enough time to read it. In fact, stretching out the reading much longer won't help. But GET STARTED. This isn't the type of book you can finish 10 minutes before book club. You'll need some time to mull it over and re-read certain sections just to figure out WHAT HAPPENED. We'll send out some helpful questions/passages to consider before coming in.
3. On June 16, where we previously scheduled Infinite Jest, we will now read William Shakespeare's HAMLET. This is open to everyone in the book club, but for those reading Infinite Jest it's especially worth going to with an IJ-lens, because there are references galore (including the title Infinite Jest).
4. READ THIS BOOK. Having read it twice, I can guarantee that it's one of the most fulfilling books I've ever read. But don't believe me, believe Dave Eggers. "When you exit these pages after that month of reading, you are a better person. It’s insane, but also hard to deny. Your brain is stronger because it’s been given a month-long workout, and more importantly, your heart is sturdier, for there has scarcely been written a more moving account of desperation, depression, addiction, generational stasis and yearning, or the obsession with human expectations, with artistic and athletic and intellectual possibility." (Note: he thinks you can read it in a month!)
5. If you need motivation, check out this progress tracker through Infinite Jest <https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AuIXuTCUe4pTdE1rRG9yMmJJdVg3Ym90b1BVVTRUWWc#gid=0>. You can do it!
Learned & Brenden
Dupont Circle Reading Railroad