One of my favourite books is called Infinite Jest, it’s written by the very talented David Foster Wallace. Other people like it too it gets critical theory readers written about it, essays and more. So this comparison of the Infinite Jest first draft to the final book version (in fact the paperback which is actually pretty revised from the hardcover) is just amazing. I love looking behind the scenes at how art is constructed mostly it helps me learn things. The big lesson from this book is how modular the book was with chapters being shuttled all over the timescheme with little compunction and as he notes a good third of the book being added after the first draft stage.
Posted on Aug 14, 2003 at 10:00