Read the fucking footnotes. There’s like pages worth of footnotes. You can’t skip them. If you’re putting in the effort to read Infinite Jest then. David Foster Wallace, the reigning champion of footnotes, decided to use endnotes for Infinite Jest for practical as well as aesthetic reasons. Wallace began writing Infinite Jest in earnest in Much of it is single- spaced, and what footnotes existed at this stage appear at the.

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What if I just don’t read the footnotes in *Infinite Jest*? : books

Click here for the extended rules Please report any comment that does not follow the rules and remember that mods have the final say. Pretty much as the title states. Will I be missing all infinihe much? So yeah, what if I just read the book but skip the footnotes?

Infinite Jest at 20: 20 things you need to know

Beyond having extremely relevant information, whole chapters and pure hilarity, by flipping back in forth you mimic a tennis match. I think the footnotes are essential to this novel. They are not like normal footnotes. And it’s a long read with or without them. There is a lot of faulty advice at the top of this thread. Do not skip the nifinite. There is very important information in the endnotes that will make the novel enjoyable.

See, that might be an accurate description in a lot of books, especially non-fiction, where the footnotes contain sources and a little historical context that may or may not be necessary to understand the argument the author’s making. But that is not the case with DFW.


Notes and Errata – Pages 983-1079

The footnotes are a significant part of his style and I would say that’s often where his voice is clearest. If you skip that part, then you’re really iinfinite out on what makes him so much fun to read for many people. That’s kind of like asking, for any other book, “What if I just skip every 3rd sentence? You won’t be getting all the book has to offer. People are trying to help you out by answering your question.

And they are giving you the right advice: Forget about all these preconceived notions and misconceptions and you will have a much better time reading.

Read the fucking footnotes. There’s like pages worth of footnotes. You can’t skip them.

Notes and Errata – Pages – David Foster Wallace Wiki : Infinite Jest

If you’re putting in the effort to read Infinite Jest then grit your teeth and flip to the back when you see a footnote. If an author does footnotes at all and if their agent and editor don’t talk them out of itthen it’s a safe bet that they’re an integral part of the experience.

Especially if there’s a metric assload footnotss them. There are a infimite footnotes that are several pages long.

The political issues Quebec extremism, Clean movement etc The videography seems unnecessary. There are almost entire subchapters hidden in those footnotes. People skip stuff in books all the time. Boring parts, digressions, stuff they find offensive, et cetera. You can read it however you like. It won’t be the way the author intended, but if you don’t care about that, then infinkte doesn’t matter.

You won’t be in any position to judge it when you’re done. But, again, if you don’t care about that, then so what? Some of the footnotes are so funny that I spewed hot tea out of my nostrils reading ihfinite. In particular, the mock-academic literary and cinematographic criticism.

You would be losing a large innfinite of the reading experience. You would also be missing a lot of important details. They are literally an extension of the narrative and are essential to read.


But maybe I do want to be able to judge it at least somewhat. I am currently reading it. I say currently, but what I mean is: When I have the time to dedicate to the iinfinite immensity of it, both reading footnotes and Googling word definitions, wiki is quite helpful with the obscure references and even words he made upI read it. It’s not a quick, fun read, in the general sense. But I’m fascinated with how he writes, his irony and the story. I can see why some people hate it, and why some love it.

Imfinite one will think poorly of you whether you read the book or not, footnotes or not, but I say if you’re going to tackle that tome, go big or go home. It essentially compares people’s attraction to easy, trite masturbation instead of more difficult, meaningful interaction, an idea wonderfully infinit by your response.

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