After researching the depths of Wikipedia and seeing this writer’s work described as a “manic, human, flawed extravaganza” “emerging straight from the excessive tradition of…Thomas Pynchon’s V and John Irving’s World According to Garp“, I’ve felt compelled to borrow his 1079-page tome, Infinite Jest, from Teh Library.
Imagine how hefty the large-print edition would be!
Nearly 100 pages of that are Notes and Errata in mouse print, a challenge for us astigmatics but a joy for those with OCD (no doubt, she says).
I think I actually enjoy this book, but Dog knows how long it will take to get through it. So many pages! And all those big words!
How do I know I write like David Foster Wallace?
I ran a few blog posts through the I Write Like Analyzer. Of course, some of the darker posts about factory farming came out as George Orwell (that would be “Pig Business”, of course) or Steven King, and a couple of my more rambling pieces identified as James Joyce.
According to The Accidental Blogger, “Noticing that David Foster Wallace appears with alarming frequency in the Analyzer, I analyzed a piece of Wallace’s own writing and apparently he writes like Stephen King! I also plugged in a few of King’s writing samples. Most of the time he comes out as himself.”
(This post was written in the style of Dan Brown…)