qotd, Jest edition
November 17, 2006
The book is 1,067 pages long and there is not one lazy sentence. The book is drum-tight and relentlessly smart and, though it does not wear its heart on its sleeve, it’s deeply felt and incredibly moving. That it was written in three years by a writer under 35 is very painful to think about. So let’s not think about that. The point is that it’s for all these reasons—acclaimed, daunting, not-lazy, drum-tight, very funny (we didn’t mention that yet but yes) — that you picked up this book. Now the question is this: Will you actually read it?
-- From Dave Eggers' (he's everywhere!) foreword to the new paperback edition of the brilliant Infinite Jest. And, even now, ten years on, David Foster Wallace's masterwork only shines more brightly.