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Discuss first 175 pages of Infinite Jest and Postmodernism...by Frederic Jameson

I want the group to discuss Infinite Jest over 6 weeks, but I don't want that to push out the non-fiction element of the group. So I would ideally like for us to read a short article each week in addition to the Infinite Jest readings. This is wildly ambitious, but promises to be very rewarding. So please suggest short articles, preferably ones that can be obtained for free.

 

If you can, read this article, Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, by Frederic Jameson, available here:

http://www.marxists.org/reference/subject/philosophy/works/us/jameson.htm

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  • Judith K.

    Greg, I did wonder about the name Hal immediately - especially since he has a computer like recollection of things he's seen and read. Kam, there were a few chapters I just flew through because I found them boring, but others I found very funny and insightful. I'm highlighting all the phrases I hope to recycle since I would never come up with them on my own lol

    June 14, 2012

  • Kam

    a helpful website, especially for those struggling with IJ: http://kottke.org/09/07/how-to-read-infinite-jest

    June 14, 2012

  • Kam

    you guys are talking about that "thing that happened to Hal", but that's– so far I haven't run across that – is it after page 350? (unless Greg you mean the opening scene, and Ben and Max were talking about something later in the book ) (but: cave allegory? – Maybe I'd left by then?)

    June 14, 2012

  • Kam

    are we meeting this Friday? So many people want me – ha ha

    1 · June 11, 2012

  • Kam

    there's no "upcoming" yet, e.g. no place to put my quote: Hamlet:
    "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite
    jest, of most excellent fancy. …"

    June 10, 2012

  • Kam

    focused, very intelligent, and people were listening. Fantastic.

    June 9, 2012

  • Kam

    tell me you guys didn't get to the Jameson! (Next week?)

    June 9, 2012

  • Judith K.

    As Anders mentioned, it would be great if someone could post some of the main thoughts people had about the book after the meeting. I really enjoyed last week's discussion, sorry I can't make it tonight.

    June 8, 2012

  • Judith K.

    Hi all. Stuck in Boston, won't make it tonight. In general I've found the book to be funny - I laughed out loud a few times - but that's just me. I've also found it to be confusing - Hal seems to be thinking his thoughts often rather than saying them out loud. But I don't mind all his random digressions because my brain does that too, I just don't advertise it lol. What's interesting for me is that I spend alot of time in the Boston/Cambridge area so I recognize alot of the places mentioned.

    June 8, 2012

  • Kam

    these chapters on the tennis Academy are killers. I don't feel enlightened yet, so two hours ago I just gave up on it.

    1 · June 7, 2012

  • Anders

    Damn it! I haven't been able to switch my Friday night shift, so I won't be able to be there to discuss this amazing book. I definitely hope I'll be free for the next discussion. If somebody feels like uploading anything (in case that somebody takes notes omn Friday) that would be cool.
    I can also really recommend this article about DFW http://www.thenation.com/article/161456/childrens-hospital-david-foster-wallace
    Have a great meet-up.

    June 7, 2012

  • Kam

    page 175 is about three pages into the HUGE chapter called: TENNIS AND THE FERAL PRODIGY, etc. etc.

    June 5, 2012

  • Kam

    the Barnes & Noble's copy is $18. I just checked the Strand, and it's 16.19. Both of these before tax.

    June 2, 2012

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