Wow. Look at all of those post-it notes. It might lead one to believe that I have really applied myself in the most studious fashion to this Infinite Summer shared read experience. And one would be wrong. And right. A wee bit difficult to explain unless you are also reading Infinite Jest right now (or have read it in the past).
Flew through that 9% of the book as established for today's target. Oblivious to the world around for a bit. Felt like I had been drinking. A lot. Consumed me. Let me try to achieve a little clarity by divulging the contents of my post-its.
- Half of them are blank and simply mark a passage where the sheer force of the language blew me away. Passages too long to recap on small yellow paper. Often cover a page. Or two. Or three.
- Yellow. The color is all over often in reference to urine. Scatological references abound as well. Will keep looking for reference to color in general.
- Routines (5 notes)
- Insulation/Isolation (self-imposed or beyond control?) (4 notes)
- Toblerone (2 notes)
- Secrecy (11 notes)
- Fantods (2 notes)
- Tendency (1 note - have no idea what I was thinking)
- Nightmares (4 notes)
- Insect phobia (3 notes)
- Failed attempt to communicate (lots of notes)
- Self as opponent (3 notes)
I know what some of you must be thinking. Cheery little summer read you have there. And I want to defend it because I love it, but have succumbed to such sensory overload getting through the novel foundation that precise language is beyond me at the moment. Am planning on writing on the journey each Monday through September when the read concludes. So bear with me while I collect my thoughts.
"I am coming to see that the sensation of the worst nightmares, a sensation that can be felt asleep or awake, is identical to those worst dreams' form itself: the sudden intra-dream realization that the nightmares' very essence and center has been with you all along, even awake: it's just been ... overlooked; and then that horrific interval between realizing what you've overlooked and turning your head to look back at what's been right there all along, the whole time...."