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Why Some Hard Books are Worth Reading or How I Read Infinite Jest in 30 Days

Without a firm incentive and an immoveable deadline, this may not have been possible.

“This” is the challenge I set myself of reading David Foster Wallace’s complex, masterful, and long book Infinite Jest. In 30 days.

Did I mention it was long?

My incentive and deadline were wrapped up in one. In a way, it was a collision of logic and serendipity. I wanted an excuse to read Infinite Jest. And I had an article I needed to write, by a certain date.

The result is Why Some Hard Books are Worth Reading or How I Read Infinite Jest in 30 Days.

For the piece, I interviewed Nick Maniatis, founder of the very first website about David Foster Wallace, who, luckily for me, lives in Canberra. His website The Howling Fantods, founded in 1997, is still going strong. He was lovely enough to share my article on his website with his legion of visitors.

Article published in the August 2013 edition of ACTWrite magazine, by the ACT Writers Centre.

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