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Gerald Ford
Counting on summer's promise of boundless books
Counting on summer's promise of boundless books

I tried to reread "Infinite Jest" last summer. More like: planned to reread it. I joined a Facebook group modeled on Infinite Summer, the 2009 digital reading project in which hundreds of readers and commentators (including John Green and Colin Meloy) made their way through David Foster Wallace's massive novel over the course of 16 weeks. As with so many summer aspirations, this one went the way of good intentions: articulated and then discarded, returned to the realm of imaginary reading, more wish than fulfillment, not unlike the flicker of a dream. On the one hand, this suggests the futility of the grand summer project, the idea that, during these three months, we might...

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