Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I finally finished Infinite Jest

So, after many months, I finished reading Infinite Jest tonight. It is a work of intense beauty and depth. Near the end of the book, there is a part that really moved me. A father talks to his 15-year-old son about pornography:

"He said he'd personally prefer that Orin wait until he found someone he loved enough to want to have sex with and had had sex with this person, that he'd wait until he'd experienced for himself what a profound and really quite moving thing sex could be, before he watched a film where sex was presented as nothing more than organs going in and out of other organs, emotionless, terribly lonely. He said he supposed he was afraid that something like (a porno) would give Orin an impoverished, lonely idea of sexuality."

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