SLICE THE BOOK IN HALF // READING INFINITE JEST
I recently dove into this book without know much about the novel itself, and have since done a bit of research around the characters and storylines (there are quite a few) that pop up throughout. I love David Foster Wallace and his commentary on language and philosophy, so I knew I'd enjoy plunking through the novel. The dystopian 1,100-plus-page tome is still revered upon its twentieth anniversary this year.
Admittedly, I'm a slow reader, so I anticipate taking breaks from this novel frequently and reading it when I can. I'm going to bring it to the beach in a few weeks, so we'll see where I get. I don't have reason to believe I'll make it through the whole dang thang, and I'll be bringing along some nosh-y vacay reads, too.
The book itself is a bit polarizing among critics, most notably author David Peck calling it bloated and unsatisfactory, and a waste of five week's time (LOL five weeks). Others found it life changing. Whatever it may be, the visceral response from Infinite Jest leaves me intrigued.
But I can see its ties to my own life and struggles therein. While I've never struggled with addiction (no shame in that if you have), other themes that are central to the novel are things I hold close, namely, studying philosophy, mental health and finding deeper significance in a physical practice.
Also, can you get enough of Infinite Jest in Legos? I'm a visual learner, so the depictions help me to absorb the story.
- Infinite Jest: Or an equally heavy book
- Knife: Not your best knife, but a decent knife
- Your willingness to offend: This is practically a bloody book murder
So after reading about 100 pages, I realized it's literally too heavy to read. You try wielding a 2.5 pound book in bed. I Googled the issue, and some recommend hacking the book into pieces. So, I guess that's what I'll be doing. Here goes.
INSTRUCTIONS, IN GIFS
The first part went pretty smoothly. The knife slid through the book like butta.
This is where things got messed up. Halp plz.
OK, rip this thing and don't cry too hard.
So, there's gonna be a really rough 50 pages in here that I hacked and taped back together. I wouldn't say this was my most smooth DIY, but I only had one book to slice in half.
I actually sliced it into three pieces, the first 500, second part and then the index. It's nice to have the index as a separate part, as the book refers to it frequently. The index sliced off the back part of the book without much difficulty. Maybe I should have tried the slice technique before the real thing.
To finish, I covered the exposed pages in packing tape to create a makeshift book cover. Ah, now it's a much lighter read. (Nope, nope.)