IJ quote of the day 10

You’re almost to two weeks and you’ve cracked 100 pages. Congrats. Today you get a special bonus: several quotes.

IJ’s gorgeous prose quote of the day: “A curled bit of cloudy old Pledge-husk and a green thread from a  strip of GauzeTex wrap are complexly intertwined in the blue fibers of the carpet near Hal’s left ankle, which ankle is faintly swollen and has a blue twinge” (104).
[Wallace’s grammatical tic of using “which” as an adjective is at once infuriating and endearing. Or infuriating but less with incessant exposure.]

IJ’s philosophical quote of the day: “Are we not all of us fanatics? I say only what you of the U.S.A. only pretend not to know. Attachments are of great seriousness. Choose your attachments carefully. Choose your temple of fantacism with care. What you wish to sing of as tragic love is an attachment not carefully chosen” (107.)

IJ’s perfectly tuned pitch on tween-y voices quote of the day:
“‘Purchase a clue Kent Blott!’ Arslanian says.
‘The large and economy-size clue, Blott,’ Ingersoll chimes.
Beak sits up and says ‘God no not with pliers!’ and collapses back again, again with the spit-bubble. (113).

And IJ’s ETA quote of the day:
“‘You do not kertwang back. You play the calls, not a word, keep smiling. If you still win, you’ll have grown inside as a person.’
‘If you lose?’
‘If you lose, you do something private and unpleasant to his water-jug right before his next round.’
A couple of the kids have notebooks and studious nods” (119).

Bonus word of the day from Infinite Summer: Infsumalians. Lovely,  Kevin.

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3 thoughts on “IJ quote of the day 10

  1. (113) The spit bubble scene…reminds me a bit (okay, a lot) of Reservoir Dogs, when Mr. Orange (Tim Roth) is writhing with a bullet to the stomach the entire time and nobody gives a second glance. And once in a while he’ll shout out something or go “YARRRGLLL” and people will look for a second and dismiss.

    Can’t say that I understand half of the stuff in Infinite Jest…counting on you to lead the way.

  2. Wait, that should be as follows:

    , except WOW.

    I know you’re The Punctuation Queen so I feel compelled to note the correction.

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