Some random thoughts about David Foster Wallace (somehow random is an appropriate form for him):
Over the weekend I read, for the second time, his kvetch (still can't shake the Yiddish out of my head after reading Auslander) about John Updike's prolific output. I'm not quoting exactly here, but he says something like, Has this guy had an unpublished thought?
Good point, although others have wondered if less Updike might be more. And Wallace has more in common with Updike than he thinks: Both have the ability to spin arresting prose out of inconsequential moments.
Random thought number two: Also read this weekend someone trying to prove Infinite Jest is the best American novel written in the last 25 years, or last 25 centuries, or something like that. Maybe so. I never finished it, dropping out somewhat past halfway when I began to think it was more infinite than jest. But again, maybe I bailed too soon. I read Oblivion and there were times when I liked it.