“For younger writers, TV’s as much a part of reality as Toyotas and gridlock,” David Foster Wallace wrote in his 1993 essay “E Unibus Pluram.” “We literally cannot imagine life without it.”
Wallace went on to expand that essay into a novel, and 22 years ago today, Infinite Jest was published. Although we can admit that Wallace’s 1993 essay is slightly dated, the themes of the novel are still completely relevant.
And that’s all I can say about Infinite Jest. Because I’ve never finished it.
*insert sad trombone noise here*
Three attempts. Zero making it to the end.
Happy Birthday anyway.
Maybe I’ll attempt Try #4 before you get another year older.