Lauren Leto

David Foster Wallace’s Verbiage

Posted in book porn by Lauren Leto on March 9, 2010

In this article (a good read about how DFW’s papers are going to University of Texas) it states that Wallace had typed pages of words and their meanings which will be joining the collection.

Is that how other people expand their vocabulary? I usually rewrite the word and definition on whatever is closest to me at the time (usually a notepad). What would be the most effective way?

Photos via Rob Gallo.

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  1. Wade said, on March 9, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    I’m doing Infinite Jest right now and I just have a notebook full of quotes wherein he tosses those hypersyllabic chestnuts. When you’ve got the word right adjacent to it’s context, it helps with internalization in a way that plain old “post-prandial – (adj, L., 1810) – [DEF]” doesn’t. Alternatively, you could just get every word in IJ that you don’t understand tattooed somewhere discreet and upside-down-legible. Hope you don’t mind the spontaneous readership. : )

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