I had this plan to read Infinite Jest this Summer. So I asked if anyone wanted to read it with me. I expected to hear only the sound of crickets in return, but this is the internet and the internet loves to surprise me, so instead I heard a chorus of “I do!”
I was like, “Yes!”
Then I thought about how we might do this. And I talked to a few people about it. Then I thought about it some more. Now I must admit that I still have no idea how to proceed. If I was starting a book club, I certainly wouldn’t choose Infinite Jest as the first book. It’s huge and, well, that’s pretty much all I know about it because I haven’t read it yet.
So I’m thinking we keep it pretty simple. We’ll try to keep a pace of 100 pages a week (so it will take us most of the Summer) and we’ll try to find different ways to talk about it (on our blogs, on twitter, maybe in vlogs, even a group chat if there’s the interest). Some of the guides on the Infinite Summer site might be helpful.
The real goal is just to read the book. It probably won’t be easy, but we can do it together. Join me!
Here’s what you should do:
1. Let me know you want to participate! (Even if you have already; I’ll make a contact list.)
2. Get a copy of Infinite Jest.
3. Start reading June 1st.
4. Participate in discussions, start discussions, or just read along.
5. Finish reading August 13th. High fives with me are required.
Pace Keeper (Hard Copy):
June 1: Page 1
June 5: Page 30
June 12: Page 100
June 19: Page 200
June 26: Page 300
July 3: Page 400
July 10: Page 500
July 17: Page 600
July 24: Page 700
July 31: Page 800
August 7: Page 900
August 13: Done! We win!
Pace Keeper (Ebook–Thanks Kathleen!):
June 19: Page 254
June 26: Page 382
July 3: Page 509
July 10: Page 636
July 17: Page 763
July 24: Page 891
July 31: Page 1018
August 7: Page 1145
August 13: Done!
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