Home of the best stories you've never heard

Tag archive

Infinite Jest

Musings

Dear Hal Incandenza: a farewell letter

Dear Hal, I’ve been reading about you for weeks now.1 I think I’m very into you.  I sometimes feel we’re the same person, like in that passage where He2 says that “Like most young people genetically hard-wired for a secret drug problem, Hal Incandenza also has severe compulsion-issues around nicotine and sugar.” My favorite cigarettes are… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Essays

Re-fanging Irony: Infinite Jest and Capitalist Realism

“It’s of some interest that the lively arts of the millennial U.S.A. treat anhedonia and internal emptiness as hip and cool. It’s maybe the vestiges of the Romantic glorification of Weltschmerz, which means world-weariness or hip ennui. […] Forget so-called peer-pressure. It’s more like peer-hunger. No? We enter a spiritual puberty where we snap to… Keep Reading

Go to Top