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Encyclopedic Novels and the Cruft of Fiction: Infinite Jest's Endnotes

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on the endnotes being long, jarring to read, and sometimes needlessly complex and pointless (e.g., jargon about a drug that requires a background in pharmaceutics to understand); basically, cruft. compares to House of Leaves. the reader has to devise their own way to read the book. basically they have to put in work. also on how the mass of data you encounter in endnotes is analogous to our information age (such "information" also being mostly pointless). strikes a balance between cruft and profundity. sometimes the cruft itself contains profundity, like James Incandenza's filmography (mostly jokes tho). on how to handle information overload in a grown-up way (see Deciderization for DFW's thoughts on that). a surprisingly good essay

Letzler, D. (2014). Encyclopedic Novels and the Cruft of Fiction: Infinite Jest's Endnotes. In ? David Foster Wallace and "The Long Thing": New Essays on the Novels. Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 127-148

having no common measure; origins in ancient Greek mathematics and popularised by philosopher Thomas Kuhn

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these two types of notes' incommensurability exemplifies the major critical conflict over the nature of encyclopedic novels themselves

—p.129 by David Letzler
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these two types of notes' incommensurability exemplifies the major critical conflict over the nature of encyclopedic novels themselves

—p.129 by David Letzler
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an Italian artist famous for his etchings of Rome and of fictitious and atmospheric "prisons

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labyrinthine spaces drawn by Piranesi or Escher

—p.130 by David Letzler
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labyrinthine spaces drawn by Piranesi or Escher

—p.130 by David Letzler
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superfluous junk (from software development)

the branch of zoology that deals with whales, dolphins, and porpoises

the presence of something only in small or insufficient quantities or amounts; scarcity

an English writer whose 1921 volume The Craft of Fiction was one of the first major works of literary criticism to focus on the novel as a form

(Greek mythology) a skillful craftsman and artist; father of Icarus; creator of the Labyrinth on Crete

from Italian virtuoso; requiring a high level of technical skill

petty; worthless

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the clandestine copying and distribution of literature banned by the state, especially formerly in the communist countries of eastern Europe

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context: the plot of IJ

—p.141 by David Letzler
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context: the plot of IJ

—p.141 by David Letzler
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complicated; abstruse; curled inwards

mentally or physically inactive; lethargic

(adjective) involving or accomplished with careful perseverance / (adjective) diligent in application or pursuit

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the art of knotting cord or string in patterns to make decorative articles

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green with vegetation; covered with growing plants or grass

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verdancy

—p.144 by David Letzler
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verdancy

—p.144 by David Letzler
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extravagantly ornate, florid, and convoluted in character or style

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baroque complexities

—p.144 by David Letzler
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baroque complexities

—p.144 by David Letzler
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to the extent that; insofar as