Hood Reading Group

2017-2018 Hood College Reading Group

Infinite Jest

by David Foster Wallace

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This year, we will be reading this big, challenging novel – together.

Reading Infinite Jest

Join us as we read Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace during academic year 2017-2018.

From the publisher:

A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts’ halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are. Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value. It is an exuberant, uniquely American exploration of the passions that make us human – and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can do.

Read an excerpt.


Keep in mind that the text includes 388 end notes, ranging in length from a single line to many pages.

Discussion Date Read To
(hardcover or paperback)
September 21 p. 68
October 5 p. 151
October 19 p. 219
November 2 p. 283
November 16 p. 342
November 30 p. 418
January 25 p. 489
February 8 p. 562
February 22 p. 627
March 8 p. 698
March 22 p. 774
April 5 p. 845
April 19 p. 916
May 3 p. 981

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