Infinite Summer

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Infinite Summer is an online book club-style project started by writer Matthew Baldwin. Sponsored by The Morning News, participants are challenged to read and complete David Foster Wallace's novel Infinite Jest at a rate of about 75 pages a week from June 21 to September 22, 2009.[1][2][3]

Baldwin and three other writers act as "guides," providing commentary on the main Infinite Summer website. Participants in the project also contribute commentary over a variety of social networking services, including Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter, where related tweets are marked with #infsum.[4]

Baldwin said in interviews that the project was prompted in part by Wallace's death in September 2008.[5]

Notable participants in the project include Colin Meloy of The Decemberists[6][7] and Ezra Klein of The Washington Post.[8] Though not participating, John Hodgman has described the project as "a noble and crazy enterprise."[9]

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References

  1. Nurwisah, Ron (June 22, 2009). "An interview with Infinite Summer creator Matthew Baldwin". The National Post. http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/afterword/archive/2009/06/22/an-interview-with-infinite-summer-creator-matthew-baldwin.aspx. Retrieved August 3, 2009. 
  2. Gandert, Sean (June 8, 2009). "David Foster Wallace Remembered with Infinite Summer Reading Group". Paste Magazine. http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2009/06/infinite-summer-reading-group-kicks-off-june-21.html. Retrieved August 3, 2009. 
  3. "The Short List of Things to Do". Time magazine. June 12, 2009. http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1870628_1904492_1904480,00.html. Retrieved August 3, 2009. 
  4. Henderson, Katie (July 2, 2009). "Online summer book clubs - David Foster Wallace, Aravind Adiga, and more". New York Examiner. http://www.examiner.com/x-2509-NY-Books-Examiner~y2009m7d2-Summer-book-clubs. Retrieved August 3, 2009. 
  5. Silverman, Jacob (June 29, 2009). "The story behind Infinite Summer". Los Angeles Times. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2009/06/infinite-summer.html. Retrieved August 3, 2009. 
  6. Peltz, Jennifer (June 21, 2009). "Infinite Summer virtual book group leads a read of David Foster Wallace's lengthy best-seller ‘Infinite Jest'". Associated Press. http://www.news-sentinel.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090621/LIVING/906210304. Retrieved August 3, 2009. 
  7. Meloy, Colin (June 19, 2009). "Why I am Reading Infinite Jest". InfiniteSummer.org. http://infinitesummer.org/archives/253. Retrieved August 3, 2009. 
  8. Klein, Ezra (June 3, 2009). "A Supposedly Fun Thing I Plan to Do This Summer". Washington Post. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2009/06/a_supposedly_fun_thing_i_plan.html. Retrieved August 3, 2009. 
  9. "About". InfiniteSummer.org. http://infinitesummer.org/about. Retrieved August 3, 2009. 
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