Obscure literary reference mixed with one of my new favorite bands? Yes, please!
I’ll admit it. The “Eschaton” section of Infinite Jest is one of the few parts of the book in which I lost the spatial thread. The level of detail focused on this weirdo hybrid of tennis and strategy-based wargame is hilarious and arguably necessary, but trying to keep up with the various positions of the players and their moves felt almost as arduous as playing it for real.
On the other hand, it always had potential visual appeal, so it’s pretty fantastic that DFW fans the Decemberists and Michael Schur (co-creator of Parks and Recreation and writer on The Office - and Dwight’s amazingly-bearded cousin Mose!) recreated it for the video to “Calamity Song.”