“Reading It, I Didn’t Feel So Alone”

By Emily Gold Boutilier

Daniel Pastan ’13 discovered Infinite Jest three years after the death of its author, David Foster Wallace ’85. “I just fell in love,” says Pastan, who read the book while studying abroad in Thailand. “I’d never read anything like it before. This sounds melodramatic, but reading it, I didn’t feel so alone.”


A compilation of recent remarks made at Amherst.  “Where I think the fight against terrorism is going to be won or lost is in the swing vote—basically, angry young men who have grievances have got to decide, Are they going to pursue those grievances through lawful political activity or are they going to resort to violence?”