To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Infinite Jest, Delvers will tackle David Foster Wallace’s inventive, challenging, sobering, funny, and fundamentally human novel about the myriad forms of living a mediated life in the 21st century. For many, Infinite Jest is that pesky, vexing book sitting dusty and untouched for years upon a bookshelf, waiting on an elusive-ethereal “right time” for its reader to clear her schedule. Part of the argument here then, is that even though Infinite Jest was a project Wallace started nearly 30 years ago as a way to help himself understand and navigate the info-tainment culture he’d inherited, one of the novel’s many contentions is that there really and truly is no time like the present, and the present is on constant refresh.
Guide: Trevor Dodge is the author of two collections of short fiction (The Laws of Average and Everyone I Know Lives On Roads), a novella (Yellow #10), and collaborator on the writing anti-textbook Architectures of Possibility: After Innovative Writing. A third collection of short fiction, Ruiner, will be published in 2017. His most recent work has appeared in The Butter, Little Fiction, Hobart, Metazen and Western Humanities Review. Dodge received his M.A. in English from Illinois State University, where he studied with David Foster Wallace from 1996-1997. He has taught courses in creative writing, literature, comics and games studies at Clackamas Community College since 2004.
Wednesdays, April 6 – May 11, 2016 6:30 – 8:30 pm