David Foster Wallace’s Note to the Copyeditor of “Infinite Jest”

infinite-jest“To Copyeditor:
Hi. F.Y.I., the following non-standard features of the mss. are intentional and will get stetted by the author if color-penciled by you:

-Single quotation marks around dialogue & titles, with double q.m.’s inside–reversal of normal order.

-Such capitalized common nouns and verb phrases as Substance, Disease, Come In, Inner Infant, etc.  

-Neologisms, catachreses, solecisms, and non-standard syntax in sectons concerning the characters Minty, Marathe, Antitoi, Krause, Pemulis, Steeply, Lezn, Orin Incandenza, Mario Incandenza, Fortier, Foltz, J.O. Incandenza Sr., Schtitt, Gompert.

-Multiple conjuctions at the start of independent clauses.

-Commas before prepositions at the end of sentences.

-Hyphens to form compound nouns.

-Sentence-fragments following exceptionally long sentences.

-Inconsistent paragraphing, with some extremely long paragraphs.”

Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, D.T. Max, Granta Books, 2012.

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