Dave Eggers’s Foreword to the New Paperback Edition of David Foster Wallace’s ‘Infinite Jest’

Dave Eggers:

This book is like a spaceship with no recognizable components, no rivets or bolts, no entry points, no way to take it apart. It is very shiny, and it has no discernible flaws. If you could somehow smash it into smaller pieces, there would certainly be no way to put it back together again. It simply is. Page by page, line by line, it is probably the strangest, most distinctive, and most involved work of fiction by an American in the last twenty years.

Infinite Jest is the best novel I’ve ever read. The new paperback edition is just $8 at Amazon.

(Via Kottke.)

Thursday, 16 November 2006