27 - Infinite Jest

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At the moment I'm reading "Infinite Jest" by David Foster Wallace and this is not a weekend reading as it has 981 pages and almost 400 footnotes! Very dense, and I'™m only halfway through.
The setting is in the near future, in a continent where the U.S., Mexico and Canada are united in the Organization of North American Nations (O.N.A.N.). But mainly the plot is around Ennet House in Boston and the adjacent Enfield Tennis Academy. The citizens of O.N.A.N. spend their time watching entertainment cartridges playable on their "teleputers," companies are allowed to purchase calendar years, such as "The Year of Glad," or "The Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment." There is also resistance, e.g. by a group called the "The Wheelchair Assassins"
I will write a summary once I'€™m ready. What I like so far : the sideblows against consumerism, his satirical and humorous language, the references to popular (media) culture and cultural theory.

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