Started this afternoon on the plane (Infinite Jest
was too big to fit in my laptop bag), and already rather more than halfway through. It's Huck Finn on acid, and the author's technical skill is impressive. Who would have thought you could come up with a joke whose main point is a confusion between Kant's doctrine of the Ding an Sich
and the Schrödinger's Cat paradox, make it part of a narrative told by a 15-year-old hick who isn't doing well in school, and still have it be laugh-out-loud funny? Well, I can imagine finding something like that in Infinite Jest
too, but there it would be stuffed with Latin-derived words and decorated with footnotes. Here, it's in plain Anglo-Saxon and all the better for it.