You don’t crack open a 1,000-page book because you heard the author is a regular guy

For the next few months, my blog is taking on a bit of a theme, my love of reading and writing. More on the writing bit later, for now I bring you--why I have chosen to read a 1000+ page book.  

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I had kind of come to terms with the fact that  I may never read Infinite Jest .  It's a huge book and I may not even like it, why spend the time?  This changed earlier in the year when I saw "The End of the Tour."  Directed by James Ponsoldt (Hometown: Athens, Ga!!) and starring Jason Segel (as David Foster Wallace), this film had me so excited about the man behind the modern epic. 

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So, I saw the movie and I fell in love.  With DFW, with his words, his mind, Jason Segel's portrayal of him.  After listening to several interviews and one fabulous commencement speech, the next obvious step was to pick up Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself , the book which "The End of the Tour" is based on. 

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Fast forward a few months, to a friend of mine sending me a link to Infinite Winter, an online book club of sorts dedicated to reading Infinite Jest over the next few months. Needless to say, I'm in.  Here I am moments after purchasing the book, not regretting my decision yet.   Over Christmas break I started teaching myself to crochet, so naturally I made myself a bookmark to match the cover. 

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Here goes nothing. I'm taking it page by page, whether I takes me a few months or the next year. I'm doing it. Next time you see me I may be wearing an "Ask how I read Infinite Jest button. But for now, I leave you with this: good book or not, Infinite Jest  is the perfect size for propping up an iPad for infinite Netflixing. 

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