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Postby scythe » 2011.03.02 (03:47)

I've been reading Infinite Jest.

Fantastic stuff. Possibly the best thing I've ever read.
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Postby t̷s͢uk̕a͡t͜ư » 2011.03.02 (06:09)

I only know who this is because I was told my writing style resembled his by an online service whose accuracy received consistent, strongly negative criticism.
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Postby scythe » 2011.03.02 (06:54)

I remember said website. It said "herp derp" was similar to Stephanie Meyer and it became a meme.
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Postby t̷s͢uk̕a͡t͜ư » 2011.03.02 (09:15)

scythe wrote:I remember said website. It said "herp derp" was similar to Stephanie Meyer and it became a meme.

This is amazing. How have I not heard of this?

"you know i always joked that it would be scary as hell to run into DMX in a dark ally, but secretly when i say 'DMX' i really mean 'Tsukatu'." -kai

"... and when i say 'scary as hell' i really mean 'tight pink shirt'." -kai




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Postby Tanner » 2011.03.02 (14:58)

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scythe wrote:I remember said website. It said "herp derp" was similar to Stephanie Meyer and it became a meme.

This is amazing. How have I not heard of this?

I haven't heard of this either but that sounds like reddit.
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Postby mediate » 2011.03.02 (15:23)

I think I've seen that site before. Very inaccurate but hilarious results. I think pasting in Maddox gets David Foster Wallace as well.

In regards to the topic, I think I'll go and borrow the book from the library. Never read it, but I've heard good things about the story before.

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Postby noops » 2011.03.03 (20:57)

I remember that machine. I got Stephen King. :/

We were all playing with that machine and ukw in #n one time. It was pretty funny. What was even funnier was that most of what ukw said actually returned Stephenie Meyer.
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Postby unoriginal name » 2011.03.06 (00:14)

Hellz yes. Sincerely recommend anyone and everyone track down some of his non-fiction, too. I would say he's an even better essayist than he is a fiction writer.
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Postby chume14 » 2011.08.05 (16:55)

Yes everyone should be forced to read Infinite Jest as a small child
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Postby SlappyMcGee » 2011.08.05 (17:32)

post-something wrote:Hellz yes. Sincerely recommend anyone and everyone track down some of his non-fiction, too. I would say he's an even better essayist than he is a fiction writer.


This seems to be the consensus of the AV Club comment section, also.

I can't speak to that, having only read Infinite Jest, which is impossibly long and truly brilliant. It's basically Pynchon but less ambitious; write about what you know and everyone will be able to understand it, instead of write about what scholars know and teach it by using the recurring themes of modern literature.
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Postby otters~1 » 2011.08.07 (18:28)

I got suicidally depressed when I realized my library didn't even have it. Thank god I'm moving.
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