Saturday, January 3, 2009
Infinite Jest - Part I
The 1st 200 pages and 67 or so footnotes: The world in the not-so-distant future is now on a calendar of subsidized years, i.e. "Year of the Depends Adult Undergarments", "Year of Dairy Products from the American Heartland", "Year of the Pudue Wonder Chicken". There's a kid @ a boarding school/ tennis academy who smokes a lot of pot. There are double (maybe triple) agents - spies for or against the US Government. There are street people hooked on drugs. So far each group is quite interesting but not yet interrelated. Had to look up tons of vocabulary already, later found a website listing the weird terminology in this book page by page.