David Foster Wallace Wiki: Infinite Jest
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Infinite Jest Character Diagram
Sam Potts created an amazing diagram that includes pretty much every character in IJ and their connections. In researching this, Sam tapped the knowledge of a number of IJ experts. Every fan of IJ simply must have this! It's 3' wide by 2' and you can check it out here »
This is the Wiki for David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, published in 1996 by Little Brown. Besides using the page-by-page annotation, you can also read the reviews, or provide insights or observations.
Special thanks to Andrew E. Mathis whose own IJ wiki was folded into this one. Andrew's content gave the page-by-page annotations a great kickstart. And to Erik Ketzan whose encouragement and prodding was instrumental in getting this all together. Erik runs his own excellent Literary Wiki website.
How to Use this Wiki
The Spoiler-Free Annotations by Page allows the reader to look up and contribute allusions and references while reading the book, in a convenient and spoiler-free manner.
Apart from that, it's up to you.
Page by Page Annotations
An alternate form of commentary on the text. The guiding principle of these annotations is to remain spoiler-free, so that readers can follow along without the fear that later parts of the book will be revealed..
Wallace Wiki Help and Contributor Guidelines
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- When creating a new page, first check to make sure a page/article about what you want to write about hasn't already been created, by checking the list of all Wiki pages on the Infinite Jest wiki. If a page already exists, please modify that one.
- To open a discussion on an individual listing of the Alpha Index or Page by Page Annotations, give it a name that identifies the alpha listing (eg [[Discussion Subject|'''DISCUSSION''']]) and notice that the visible name will be "DISCUSSION" in bold and full caps, so it stands out a bit.
- Wikipedia on Infinite Jest
- Wikipedia on David Foster Wallace
- The Howling Fantods - Nick Maniatis' great DFW website
- "Unofficial" DFW website
- Bob Wake's "Reviews, Articles & Miscellany"
- Steve Moore's Notes on "The First Draft Version of Infinite Jest
- Walter Payton College Prep Wiki
- Scene-by-scene Guide
- Salon.com Interview, by Laura Miller, Mar 8, 1996
- Bookworm Interview with Michael Silverblatt, April 11, 1996
- Charlie Rose Interview (Video), Mar 27, 1997
- Dave Eggers' Interview for The Believer, Nov 2003
- "Getting to Know David Foster Wallace" - RollingStone.com - David Lipsky, Oct 30, 2008
- "The Lost Years & Last Days of David Foster Wallace - RollingStone.com - David Lipsky, Oct 30, 2008
- New York Times Obituary, Sept 14, 2008
- Download PDFs of all DFW's articles for Harper's Magazine
- Uncyclopedia on Infinite Jest
- Music video based on the Eschaton scene
- Thomas Pynchon Wiki
- A Failed Entertainment: Film and art exhibit based on the James O. Incandenza Filmography in Infinite Jest
- Incandenza Filmography interpretations and other Infinite Jest-inspired works online: "Infinite Jest IV", "Zero Gravity Tea Ceremony", "The Medusa v. The Odalisque", "The Cold Majesty of the Numb", "Kinds of Light", "Baby Pictures of Famous Dicatators 2: Eschatong", "Good-Looking Men In Small Clever Rooms That Utilize Every Centimeter Of Available Space With Mind-Boggling Efficiency", "Cage - Planar Version", "The Exhibit and the Cage", "Après-Garde Film", "For Infinite Jest", "Sixty Minutes More or Less with Madame Psychosis", "Hal at Age 4", "Poor Yorick Entertainment" poster art
Featured ArticlesDavid Foster Wallace: His Secret Life As a Philosopher Interesting article by Moira G. Weigel: "A new book from Columbia University Press reveals what his mentors and friends had long known: Wallace was also a talented philosopher."
If you missed David Lipsky's excellent and sad "The Lost Years & Last Days of David Foster Wallace", which appeared in Rolling Stone in the Oct 2008 issue, and used to be available online, it's too late. However, Mr Lipsky has a new book out, a memoire about his time spent with DFW, Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace. You can read an excerpt here. And it may soon be adapted for Broadway! Also, you can read The Atlantic magazine review.
New York Magazine: Great long article on the friendship of Wallace, Jonathan Franzen and Jeffrey Eugenides that began in the mid-1990s.
I think DFW would have been behind SaveTheWords.org »