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by The Great White Gypsy I am a David Foster Wallace groupie. There, I said it.  The man has a fairly small body of work; aside from magazine articles, he only wrote two novels and four short story/essay collections before committing suicide in 2008.  Even so, he had already established himself as a genius of […]


I first picked up David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest in the summer before my freshman year of college. I had dropped out of high school at 15, spent a year or so living in Nepal and experiencing the world1, got my GED at 16, murdered my SATs and was ready start college younger (and presumably, […]


Infinite Summer

24Jun09

Summer is in full swing. The sun’s coming out more, people are busting out the shorts and flip-flops, the girls are rocking the sundresses. Summer is great. And if you’re anything like me, no matter how much time you spend outside, you need a good book with you while you’re getting a tan and pretending […]


by The Great White Gypsy This is a short book about the older of two identical twins. William is just as intelligent as his brother, Clive, but doesn’t apply himself, or go through the standard Freudian stages of childhood with the same speed and grace as his twin. His parents are pop-developmental psychology followers, and […]


by The Great White Gypsy Yeah, I know, you can’t hear that title without singing Tenacious D’s catchy song.  It’s all I heard in my head for the week I was reading this book, though I tried not to let it detract from the story. As with most of his novels, Michael Chabon’s story in […]


by The Great White Gypsy I never really got into comic books.  I’ve always loved superheroes, I know most of the back-stories and storylines, but I only actually read them for a few years, and I stopped when I was 11.  I’ve seen all of the big comic movies the last few years, and most […]


by The Great White Gypsy No, this isn’t one of those “who would win in a fight” questions, or “whose tights are less gay”.  This is a study in archetypes.  The hero, since the days of ancient mythology, has been a figure of human perseverance.  Overcoming external adversities and internal weaknesses is what we all […]