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Elegant Complexity: A Study of David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Elegant Complexity is the first critical work to provide detailed and thorough commentary on each of the 192 sections of David Foster Wallace's masterful Infinite Jest. No other commentary on Infinite Jest recognizes that Wallace clearly divided the book into 28 chapters that are thematically unified. A chronology at the end of the study reorders each section of the novel into a sequential timeline that orients the reader and that could be used to support a chronological reading of the novel. Other helpful reference materials include a thematic outline, more chronologies, a map of one the novel's settings, lists of characters grouped by association, and an indexed list of references. Elegant Complexity orients the reader at the beginning of each section and keeps commentary separate for those readers who only want orientation. The researcher looking for specific characters or themes is provided a key at the beginning of each commentary. Carlisle explains the novel's complex plot threads (and discrepancies) with expert insight and clear commentary. The book is 99% spoiler-free for first-time readers of Infinite Jest. Elegant Complexity is published by Sideshow Media Group ( and available at
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Ferris takes what seems like a novelty idea, a man who can't stop walking (the opposite of Beckett's man who can't move in The Unnamable?), and explores the beauty and the horror of human experience and relationships and the war of the mind vs. the b ...more
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This book is a glorious achievement. Steven Moore will make you want to read every ancient text he discusses. The novel has always been a challenging, rebellious, delightful, ever-changing form, and Moore reminds us of this, partly as an attempt to q ...more
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“Anything that inspires addiction or obsession - substances, entertainment, beauty, secrecy - is dangerous in that it can lead to isolation, self-absorption, and disconnection, to paralyzed stasis: an immobility that gathers like a force.”
Greg Carlisle, Elegant Complexity: A Study of David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest

“Wallace’s philosophy in The Pale King (TPK 546) is that we can ride out waves of boredom and oblivion into bliss and conscious (re)discovery, like another pioneer. With respect to Wallace’s fiction, as Don DeLillo said, “There is always another reader to regenerate these words” (DeLillo, Legacy 24).”
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