Infinite Summer



Infinite Summer is a Web site presenting the world with the following challenge/life-better-maker:

“Read Infinite Jest over the summer of 2009, June 21st to September 22nd. A thousand pages ÷ 92 days = 75 pages a week.” Plus endnotes.

The site features notable participants and four guides/writers, “who have never before read Infinite Jest [and] will do so for the duration of Infinite Summer. And each will be posting here weekly, not only to report on their thoughts and progress, but also to promote and facilitate discussion.” Their names: Matthew Baldwin, Eden M. Kennedy, Kevin Guilfoile, and Avery Edison. There will be some guest guides as well. (P.S. I’m available.)

There are no rules, except mandatory bragging with your completion of the novel.

Do this. It’s doable. Even if you don’t, read the book some other season.

Buy IJ here: Powell’s Books

Elissa Bassist edits the Funny Women column. She teaches humor writing at The New School and Catapult. Follow her on Twitter, and visit for more literary, feminist, and personal criticism. More from this author →