Monday, March 11, 2013

Fitzgerald vs Wallace

The Great Gatsby is my latest read, and it's sort of interesting to contrast it to Infinite Jest. Of course everything about Gatsby is spare and understated, where IJ is vast and bloated. Both these guys can tell a story, but I have the feeling that in Gatsby, every bit of technique is subordinated to the story and almost invisible, whereas in IJ it's the opposite. Wallace wants you to see every bit of his wobbling lens and the heck with the scene.

Just sayin'