From David Foster Wallace, “Infinite Jest”

From David Foster Wallace, “Infinite Jest” September 25, 2014

But so some E.T.A.s [=students at Enfied Tennis Academy]–not just Hal Incandenza by any means–are involved with recreational substances, is the point. Like who isn’t, at some life-stage, in the U.S.A. and Interdependent regions, in these troubled times, for the most part. Though a decent percentage of E.T.A. students aren’t at all. I.e. involved. Some persons can give themselves away to an ambitious pursuit and have that be all the giving-themselves-away-to-something they need to do. Though sometimes this changes as the players get older and the pursuit more stress-fraught. American experience seems to suggest that people are virtually unlimited in their need to give themselves away, on various levels. Some just prefer to do it in secret.

–Yes, I’m finally reading this, you can expect a report sometime in the Year of the Original Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine. Not all of it is good, but there’s some very compelling stuff (to me) which is weirdly reminiscent of Walker Percy, but with tennis instead of the South.


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