** in honor (maybe?) of the US Open (apropos to..? [maybe i am reaching])…at any rate, it’s about damn time i cracked open Infinite Jest! so, eh, that’s what i am doing….tomorrow.
1. i read A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (& i really enjoyed the catharsis + angst. yes. and yes, i know it is not DFW, but DE has a similar fondness for the footnotes [i prefer a marriage or ellipses + parentheses + brackets, but nevertheless,]) a semi-sorta similarity in style (emphasis on semi-sorta) lead to a fairly lengthy discussion last night
and it is hilarious & perfect.
"Lest you worry that the technology-to-pampering ratio is getting uneven, there’s of course a "Royal Babies® and Royal Tots® program," because all children need to feel like divinity on Earth, as well as "Go SMiLE Tooth Whitening," which promises to brighten up your whole face. You’ll be pampered. Oh. You will.
"THAT’S WHAT PEOPLE SAID ABOUT THE TITANIC.""
(my copy + paste directly above does little justice..)
3. mostly due to point #2, i got daydreaming / thinking about how much i enjoy DFW’s essays &c., and because of that i had a dream in which he was still alive (though Dream Julie knew what his inevitable fate would be) & was audience to a reading. said reading happened to take place on Halloween (my favorite holiday), & thru some terribly brief interaction it came about that Halloween was my favorite holiday, wherein i suggested that his reading take place in a spooky, dark setting with no less than 12 jack-o-lanterns present.
when i arrived at the reading, there were (surprise!) but no less than 12 jack-o-lanterns!
& as DFW began to read us an except from whatever it was i was there to attend, he caught my eye in the glow of the pumpkin-y candlelight, smiled & winked.
in short, it was quite probably, the best dream ever. now i will (tomorrow) begin Infinite Jest.
** If you made it thru this in it’s entirety (my ramblings, not Infinite Jest…) then i applaud you.
foam core boards
say it: foam core boards
and now you most assuredly want to say it again: foam core boards
one more: foam core boards
as we roll into New York Fashion Week, we must find joy where we can.
foam core boards.