These are the endnotes to David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, a gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America. Set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are. Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value. It is an exuberant, uniquely American exploration of the passions that make us human - and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can do.
©1996 David Foster Wallace (P)2013 Hachette Audio
A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.
First, props to Hachette Audio for hearing the cranky, howling DFW Fantoids and releasing the Endnotes. Now to figure out a workable audioHACK to listen to Infinite Jest w/ the separate Endnotes.
1. Flipping back and forth on my iPhone between Infinite Jest and Endnotes works, but ends up being a tad painful (I started drinking quinine-rich tonic water HEAVILY after the 88th switch to keep my thumb from cramping into some square bend hook).
Like with tennis, I am noticing my muscle memory is starting to take over. I can now jump back and forth between books on Audible without even looking at my phone's screen, which makes driving back and forth between Boston, Canada, and the Great Concavity that much safer.
2. I've also tried to parallel two different phones, each phone in a separate pocket, an earbud from each in my two ears. That way, I'm just alternating pauses between the narrative (TEXT) and the endnotes (NOTES). I can do this with either by finger pausing on the phones individually, or with the right earphone set, I can just walk around grasping the mic/remotes. While aesthetically, unpleasing, it is dynamically much better. I've also found it helps to set the TEXT in my left ear at 1.5x speed and the NOTES in my right ear at 2x speed. Since Pratt narrates both the NOTES and the TEXT, this is one easy way to distinguish the endnote narrator from my narrative narrator (Pratt is best listened to at 1.5x - 2x speed).
Also, If you have a pony tail, you can also use the two spare earphone cords to tie back your hair. It also helps if your earphone cords are two different colors, since once you become used to having 2x Pratt (NOTES) in your right ear and 1.5x Pratt (TEXT) in your left ear, your brain will have a hard time adjusting to any deviation or changes.
3. You can also do 1 and 2 above with the actual TEXT and NOTES in front of you. This is doable, and with some NOTES preferable, but you are now approaching a tipping point/Omega point with DFW. You are saturating yourself with DFW on three sides. This is best left to those who are used to eating, playing video games, and having a conversation with their cat at the same time. Don't start doing this. Work your way there over a couple chapters and notes. And whatever you do, don't have someone scratch out DFW quotes on your back while doing #3.
Good luck with the AudioHACK.
…one would hope so, lest we're marketed a "part IV: The Endnotes' Endnotes"
Anyway, not much to report but that you should know what to expect when you get this… and the meta-conclusion that we're - here on Audible.com, in a state-of-the-platform sorta way - clearly still not yet at a point of having the infrastructure to support the listening mode of reading with ease, as Darwin8u's review highlights (see http://www.audible.com/listener/A1E0I33LNHX65?asin=B00C2D0B4S& ).
Linear listening would, I expect be disorienting. And, if you're like me, you'll have already consumed the footnotes while following along w/ the initial Audible release of Infinite Jest on a text copy. So, as my self, acquiring "the endnotes" was to review these longer footnotes - one of which, I'm sorry to report, suffers some strange recording error. Note 321 - which in print spans four pages - is only eleven seconds long and is comprised of only the last few lines of its content and so isn't even announced as note 321.
David Foster Wallace was a crowning genius when he wrote the Endnotes (footnotes) for Infinite Jest. We lost a great giant when he stepped down from the throne. If you already listened to the novel, you are obligated to get the Endnotes. They are the most important part of Infinite Jest.
DFW is sorely miss.
"And you're being evasive about the dread about the disabled. The like rolling stalkers."
That is the best line in the entire book.
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