Departure

[c/o Pete]

We’ve spent a week waiting for spring to at last shrug off the last of the tarrying ice and snow. Tomorrow, May 1, we give up waiting.

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Each of us is lugging along at least one or two especially weighty items that we insist (however dubiously) are utterly essential. Mine: a paperback (thank God) edition of David Foster Wallace’s doorstop masterwork, Infinite Jest — all 1079 pages of which amount to My Other Summer 2011 Project of Positively Ludicrous Proportions. As it happens, the book also doubles expertly as a makeshift pillow.

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And mothers of the country
Take two flags and make a sail.
We’ll sail the big Dominion.
— Rheostatics, ‘Northern Wish’

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DF Wallace also published a collection of essays, titled: A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again. Indeed.

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One Response to Departure

  1. Jodie Foster says:

    Thanks for the writeup. I definitely agree with what you are saying. I have been talking about this subject a lot lately with my brother so hopefully this will get him to see my point of view. Fingers crossed!

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