Want To Explore The Boston Of 'Infinite Jest'? Also, Bret Easton Ellis Not A Fan Of David Foster Wallace
Fans of Infinite Jest, take note--writer and blogger William Beutler has created Infinite Atlas, an interactive guide to the Boston of Wallace's novel, created with Google Maps, and complete with annotations.
Here's the note from Bread and Circus Quality Provisions, which first appears on page 478 of the book:
Chain of "socially hyperresponsible overpriced grocery" stores • where Gately decides to buy Ennet “newcomers' omelette stuff” instead of Pat M.’s suggestion of Purity Supreme • where Bertraund Antitoi buys Habitant soupe aux pois, bread, molasses and “some sort of oblong blue-veined patties of a meat your thinking American wouldn't even want to try to identify”
And for the Wallace super-fans, Beutler has created Infinite Map, a limited-edition print which covers Wallace's fictionalized version of the U.S. Infinite Jest fans, check it out, and let us know what you think.
Meanwhile, Bret Easton Ellis was reading D.T. Max’s biography of David Foster Wallace, Every Love Story is a Ghost Story, and launched a Twitter tirade against Wallace. You can see more tweets over at Salon, but here's a taste:
Reading D.T. Max's bio I continue to find David Foster Wallace the most tedious, overrated, tortured, pretentious writer of my generation...— Bret Easton Ellis (@BretEastonEllis) September 6, 2012
As you would imagine, Ellis is taking a beating on Twitter over his comments. Personally, I think he's entitled to his opinion and I like that he stirs the pot. But I'm a fan of his work; I know a lot of people aren't, and judge him far more harshly.
What do you think?
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