David Foster Wallace's "Infinite Jest" is a novel known for its length and difficulty, its portraits of addiction and recovery and its many, many footnotes. It is also a novel about Boston. The novel's various plots center on a halfway house and a youth tennis academy on a hill in the fictional town of Enfield. In reality, the hill is located on the border of Allston and Brighton, with "a view of ravine-weeds and the unpleasant stretch of Commonwealth Ave.," as it is described in the novel.
Bill Lattanzi helps others discover Wallace by giving informal tours of some of the local places described in "Infinite Jest." He took one of our producers on a hilly walk to see some of the sites, real and fictional, that are central to the book and to Wallace's life in Boston.
The 20th anniversary edition of "Infinite Jest" comes out Tuesday.
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