The best part about infinite jest was the gag with the year sponsorship -
Year of the Whopper
Year of the Tucks Medicated Pad
Year of the Trial-Size Dove Bar
Year of the Perdue Wonderchicken
Year of the Whisper-Quiet Maytag Dishmaster
Year of the Yushityu 2007 Mimetic-Resolution-Cartridge-View-Motherboard-Easy-To-Install-Upgrade For Infernatron/InterLace TP Systems For Home, Office Or Mobile [sic]
Year of Dairy Products from the American Heartland
Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment
Year of Glad
Gravity's rainbow is actually damn amusing.
If you want long ponderous kindling, read Foucault's Pendulum
, while I actually enjoyed this book quite a bit (after I was done with it, it was frequently torture while reading it)... I particularly enjoy Eco's take on some things related to this novel -
Foucault's Pendulum has been called "the thinking man's Da Vinci Code".
Asked whether he had read the Brown novel, Eco replied:
I was obliged to read it because everybody was asking me about it. My answer is that Dan Brown is one of the characters in my novel Foucault’s Pendulum, which is about people who start believing in occult stuff.
- But you yourself seem interested in the kabbalah, alchemy and other occult practices explored in the novel.
No. In Foucault’s Pendulum I wrote the grotesque representation of these kind of people. So Dan Brown is one of my creatures.
a wee bit pretentious, but accurate and damn funny