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Book review: Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

This month there is a bonus episode of the Ark Audio Book Club podcast on David Foster Wallace’s epic of tennis, drug addiction and TV. In preparation for that, the panel has written four short reviews of this very long book, ranging from the very favourable to the sycophantically fawning.   Franek (Press play before you… Keep Reading


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

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