A Colorful Approach to ‘Infinite Jest’ February 11, 2015 – Posted in: Books and Art, Conceptual Art, Content – Tags:

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For many, David Foster Wallace’s magnum opus Infinite Jest is one tough read.  Coming in at almost 1,000 pages it is referred to as a encyclopedic novel for good reason and can be a bear to get through.

Artist Corrie Baldauf’s approach to reading the book was to track the use of color in the novel as a means to help her stay focused and get through it.

A few months later, with 2600 references to color flagged,  Baldauf finished the novel and the first phase of her Infinite Jest Project.

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Next up for Baldauf was to do it one more time but this time she added a digital component by tweeting her way through the project. 

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Now with Phase Two complete Baldauf is on to her third iteration “with ever-increasing specifications to her process that require greater cost and care — like buying a new firsthand copy of the book and exercising greater stringency of color flags”

Ah, the beauty of obsession.

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More at Hyperallergic: Reading David Foster Wallace for the Colors.

Infinite Jest: Buy New | Collectible copies


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