Interesting take on endnotes

I’ve been roaming the Internet looking for the closure I didn’t get from IJ itself, and found Sarah’s Infinite Summer blog. Her post on endnotes has the interesting idea that the “will this one be interesting/relevant or won’t it?” feel of the endnotes is addicting because you don’t know whether you’ll get the payoff you’re looking for.

Given the addiction themes of the book, I think it’s possible that DFW set up the endnotes for exactly that reason: to make you see just how hard you might work for an entertainment and pleasure you’re not even sure you’ll find.

Neat idea, anyhow!

2 thoughts on “Interesting take on endnotes

  1. Sarah September 22, 2009 / 10:06 am

    Thanks Heather!

    I have been on that internet closure quest too. I hope you have visited Infinite Tasks, and Kevin Guilfoile at Infinite Summer. They both have great takes on the ending.

  2. itzadrag September 23, 2009 / 11:30 am

    hmmm. intermittent reinforcement. sounds curiously like Skinnerian pidgeons gambling. treat-seeking rats. search for the lost infinite thing.

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