Infinite Jest Obs
insights... hmm... i liked the ending... anyone? --Mimesis
Inspiration for InterLace
Wallace's response to George Gilder's Life After Television: The Coming Transformation of Media and American Life, in his essay E Unibus Pluram:
'So, in sum, a conservative tech writer offers a really attractive way of looking at viewer passivity, at TV's institutionalization of irony, narcissism, nihilism, stasis, loneliness. It's not our fault! It's outmoded technology's fault! If TV-dissemination were up to date, it would be impossible for it to "institutionalize" anything through its demonic "mass-psychology." Let's let Joe B., the little lonely average guy, be his own manipulator of video-bits. Once all experience is finally reduced to marketable image, once the receiving user of user-friendly receivers can break from the coffle and choose freely, Americanly, from an Americanly infinite variety of moving images hardly distinguishable from real-life images, and can then choose further just how he wishes to store, enhance, edit, recombine, and present those images to himself in the privacy of his very own home and skull, then TV's ironic, totalitarian grip on the American psychic cojones will be broken. !!!'
This is pretty clearly Wallace's inspiration for the InterLace system. --Pyrocow 19:14, 8 July 2010 (UTC)
To hear the squeak
to hear the squeak (of the Wheelchair Assassins) means to die soon. In Brittany, it was said that when the Ankou (Death) when he came to get you, you heard the squeak of his chariot’s wheels.
USA giving away toxic waste to another country
This reminds me of the nuclear dome on Runit Island, now in the Marshall Islands. No idea whether DFW was aware of this.
Aaron Swarz’s Ending discussion
Contains massive spoilers, of course, but Aaron Swarz’s blog entry is a must read. Since it is unclear how long his web site will remain up after his death, I am copying it below and deleting it immediately afterwards, so that it doesn’t show up but can be read in the versions history.