Summer of Jest: My Arm Has Been Sufficiently Twisted

Posted June 2, 2013 by Heather in Read-alongs / 19 Comments

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I am seated in an office, surrounded by heads and bodies. My posture is consciously congruent to the shape of my hard chair. This is a cold room in University Administration, wood-walled, Remington-hung, double-windowed against the November heat, insulated from Administrative sounds by the reception area outside, at which Uncle Charles, Mr. deLint and I were lately received.

I am in here.

And so begins my participation in Summer of Jest.

I wasn’t going to participate. I have so much going on this month (and for the rest of the summer, really) that I didn’t think I’d have time. I just read Infinite Jest for the first time two summers ago. Reading it again without being able to give it the time it deserves didn’t feel right to me. I don’t know that I can read just eleven pages a day of this book.

Infinite Jest book cover

But sj’s doing it.

Kate’s doing it.

Amy’s doing it.

(Other) Heather’s doing it.

Catherine’s doing it.

Rowena’s doing it.


And so but I’m doing it now, too.

My arm has been sufficiently twisted.

I cannot resist David Foster Wallace and the brilliance that is Infinite Jest. I cannot resist (re)reading a book that I love with some of my favorite people. I’m glad my initial resistance was futile.

If you’re interested in joining us, you can click the Summer of Jest banner or the link to Summer of Jest under the IJ quote (both found at the top of this post) for more information.

If you’d like to know more about the book, you can read the review I wrote two years ago. It’s a long review, but it’ll give you a good idea of what you can expect.

Three cheers for Summer of Jest! Happy reading, everyone!


  • Hooray! This is my first re-read since DFW left us, so I’ma need lots of emotional support.

  • sj

    Eff. Yes.

  • Yay! This is my FIRST read. I’m glad I get to share it will all of you!

    • (Or even *with* if we want to use proper language. I’m going to go eat a popsicle. Stupid brain-sucking humidity.)

      • I hope your popsicle was good. Hee!

        I’m so glad you’re reading with us!

  • Hi Heather, thanks for the heads up. I am definitely joining, although I might not start this week. Gotta finish my classics spin pick first before I dive into this. Just last week, I was looking at the blog Infinite Summer. Four years later, we now have Summer of Jest. I like the idea that people are still organizing IJ reading blogs. Hurray!

    • It gives me the warm fuzzies to know that people are still organizing things like this for IJ. I’m glad you’re joining!

  • I’ll be following along. I can’t believe you’re doing this! Hope you’re able to keep up on Moby Dick 🙂 One of the other readalongers on that one is reading War and Peace at the same time. I bow down to both of you.

    • Of course I will keep up with Moby Dick. 🙂

      • I really was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed listening to Moby Dick. It was just so… enthusiastic.

  • To be clear, I’ll be following… but not rereading 🙂 Not yet! I’m still not over the WTF ending (and yeah, like you, I turned right back to page 1…)

  • I’m on a roll Heather… in two weeks I’ve found two readalongs of books I’ve really wanted to read… Thanks for the heads up, i hope it’s not too late for me to join…

    • You can join whenever you’d like! Like the Summer of Jest website says, this is a very relaxed readalong. They have a Goodreads group, too, that gives a suggested reading schedule for those who want one.

  • You convinced me! I have it on request from the library (with no holds!). Also, the reading guide that goes with it, but it’s on hold until June 25. That’s okay though. Excited because I know you loved this book. 🙂

  • You make me want to join! But I can’t. 🙁 I have a huge stack of books to read this summer. Happy reading.

  • Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader

    All the cool kids are reading it! If I wasn’t already doing the Dome Along I’d consider joining in. Have a great time with it!

  • I guess this is the GOOD form of peer pressure!

  • I feel the same way! I’m having a hard time keeping up with all my reading, but it seemed like quite the bandwagon to miss, so… Here goes!