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Old 11-24-2010, 06:09 AM
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Default Re: Belletristic Edition (Choire Sicha & Seth Colter Wall)

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Originally Posted by chamblee54 View Post
Is it a coincidence that the segment on David Foster Wallace is 4:20?
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Heh. Actually, it's interesting, I thought that _Infinite Jest_ worked as a very convincing anti-drug message. Not as something DFW intended necessarily, but as the reaction I would have, or have had, in interacting with real people similar to his rich and realistic characters. Like the character who socks away his fridge full of Sara Lee cakes, closes all the blinds and takes a vacation from the world... Gately and his Peanut M&Ms... the PGOAT with her last little bit of drug-infused Chore Boy filters.. and lots of others.

Of course I am picking and choosing examples.. and I've only read it once.

Hal was another one, and Hal seemed sympathetic, and not so harrowing in spite of his one-hitter and elaborate rituals, sneaking into the pump room and everything. Of course Hal is young. The "vacations" character could be his future self at 25 or 30, if he continues as such an adamant pot user.

The "vacations" character, in particular, was enough to put me off of the idea of drugs in a big way, much more effectively than any scaremongering films or D.A.R.E. PSAs ever did..
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Last edited by Kevin; 11-25-2010 at 02:41 AM.. Reason: fixed some words
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