The Infinite Jest Deathmarch, Stage 14

'I miss Jeannie, Samantha, Sam and Diane, Gilligan, Hawkeye, Hazel, Jed...'

Begin: Page 601 (“As at all D.S.A.S.-certified halfway facilities, Ennet House’s resident curfew is 2330h.”)
End: Page 651 (“Day says: ‘There is no way it could feel worse.’ “)

Start Date: 1/8/11
Finish Date: 1/14/11

Note Profile: 19 notes (246–264), all short and sweet

Speaking for myself, I especially miss Samantha a/k/a Elizabeth Montgomery, one of the earliest and most powerful of my many, many TV crushes. All my adult life all I’ve been looking for is one smart, beautiful woman with magical powers – is that so much to ask for? Unlike Derwood, I would have no problem letting her whip up a nice private island for us. Mr. Tate can go screw.

Um, where was I? Oh yeah, the Deathmarch. Lately I’ve been finding this book almost too easy; I kind of miss the desperate slogging of the early stages, which was strangely satisfying in the same way as exercising until you feel like throwing up. Still, it looks like this week’s reading includes an 10-page or so discussion of M*A*S*H, so that should be fun.

The Infinite Jest Deathmarch, Stage 13

'The late J.O. Incandenza's Meniscus Optical Products Ltd.'s development of those weird wide-angle rear-view mirrors on the sides of automobiles that so diminish the cars behind you that federal statute requires them to have printed right on the glass that Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear...'

Begin: Page 550 (“For reasons that Pemulis couldn’t for the life of him, Ortho Stice seemed to be in there…”)
End: Page 601 (“Orin’s smile wasn’t as cool as he thought as he told the seated figure that that was a matter of opinion.”)

Start Date: 1/1/11
Finish Date: 1/7/11

Note Profile: 16 notes (230–245), including the notorious #234

It’s time to get cranking again, people, don’t you think? It’s a new year and all, hopefully everyone slept in today, there’s no time like the present, etc.

Unilaterally moving everything back a day so we can start on the 1st—makes it neater, cleaner, easier to keep track of. See you next Saturday.