10 Sessions Thursdays, 6:30 pm EST - 8:00 pm EST December 15, 2022 to June 22, 2023
The Center for Fiction
& Online via Zoom
This reading group has reached its capacity. To join the waitlist, please email Sam Lim-Kimberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
12/15, 1/5, 1/26, 2/16, 3/9, 3/30, 4/20, 5/11, 6/1, 6/22
Participants may attend in person at The Center for Fiction or participate remotely via Zoom.
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace has become one of those imposing books, like Ulysses or Gravity’s Rainbow, that is a so-called “must read” that few have actually read from start to finish. Over 1,000 pages (including extensive self-penned endnotes) and set in a nebulous near-future North America, Infinite Jest is at once a satirically pointed examination of the millennial America of instant gratification, self-medication, and family dysfunction and an indefinable narrative adventure of shifting voices and time frames, compelling allusions, multiple plotlines, and encyclopedic knowledge.
While Infinite Jest has some of the dizzying playfulness of Barth, the dark themes of Gaddis, and the conspiratorial paranoia of Pynchon, it shares the microscopic lens and density of Proust and the extensive experimentation, love of language, and humor of Joyce. However, Infinite Jest is an entirely singular and anomalous kind of novel. Often called an exemplar of “new sincerity” in fiction, Infinite Jest is a profoundly human work, defined not as postmodernism but something that pushes beyond postmodernism.
In advance of the first meeting, participants should read to page 95 at the break “YEAR OF THE DEPEND ADULT UNDERGARMENT,” along with the endnotes. The “Notes and Errata” should not be neglected.
Elegant Complexity by Greg Carlisle
William Mottolese has taught at Fordham University and Saint Joseph’s College in Indiana and is presently Chair of the English Department at Sacred Heart Greenwich. He has published on such subjects as Olaudah Equiano, Laurence Sterne, and James Joyce and is presently at work on projects on Joyce, teaching critical thinking, and the relation of literary modernism to twentieth-century popular music. He has taught for a decade on the faculty of The Center for Fiction where he has led classes on James Joyce, David Foster Wallace, Salman Rushdie, Irish literature, and postcolonial literature. William is an award-winning teacher, published poet, and proud father of three children.
About this series
Whether you’re looking to catch up on great novels or you’re interested in exploring a new writer or literary period, our reading groups offer high-level literary discussion led by experts in the field.
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Wednesday, 12:30 pm EST - 1:30 pm EST December 21, 2022
Writing the Anthropocene with Madeleine Watts$495
Once a week Thursdays, 6:00 pm EST - 8:00 pm EST January 5 to February 23, 2023
Voice vs. Narrative with Charles Bock$395
Once a week Fridays, 6:00 pm EST - 8:00 pm EST January 6 to February 10, 2023
School Days with Anne Fernald
4 Monthly Sessions Mondays, 6:00 pm EST - 7:30 pm EST January 9 to April 17, 2023
The Promise with Elizabeth Howard
Every Other Week Tuesdays, 6:30 pm EST - 8:00 pm EST January 10 to February 21, 2023
Beware the Adjective: A Series on Revision with Makenna Goodman$295
Once a week Tuesdays, 7:00 pm EST - 9:00 pm EST January 10 to January 31, 2023
The Novel Clinic with Keisha Bush$595
Once a week Wednesdays, 7:00 pm EST - 9:00 pm EST January 11 to March 22, 2023
From Ellison to Atlanta: Afro Surrealism as Resistance with Alcy Leyva$395
Once a week Wednesdays, 6:00 pm EST - 8:00 pm EST January 11 to February 15, 2023
The Horrors That Haunt Us with Hilary Davidson
4 Monthly Sessions Thursdays, 6:00 pm EST - 7:30 pm EST January 12 to April 6, 2023
Closer to the Truth: Translating Memory Into Fiction with Debra Jo Immergut$395
Once a week Thursdays, 6:00 pm EST - 8:00 pm EST January 12 to February 16, 2023
Choosing Our Lens: Using Character to Determine Point of View with Erin Swan$295
Once a week Saturdays, 12:00 pm EST - 2:00 pm EST January 14 to February 4, 2023
Diverse Thrillers with Jennifer Baker
4 Monthly Sessions Sundays, 12:00 pm EST - 1:30 pm EST January 15 to April 16, 2023
On Writing Grief with Diane Zinna$495
Once a week Tuesdays, 7:00 pm EST - 9:00 pm EST January 24 to March 14, 2023
How to Write a Memorable Personal Essay with Christina Santi$395
Once a week Mondays, 6:00 pm EST - 8:00 pm EST January 30 to March 6, 2023
Making Time: A Generative Short Story Course with Kate Milliken$395
Once a week Mondays, 6:30 pm EST - 8:30 pm EST February 6 to March 13, 2023
Our First Gods: Writing Our Parents with Joe Wilkins$125
Sunday, 3:00 pm EST - 7:30 pm EST February 12, 2023