"But so some E.T.A.s -- not just Hal Incandenza by any means -- are
involved with recreational substances, is the point. Like who isn't, at some
life-stage, in the U.S.A. and Interdependent regions, in these troubled times,
for the most part. Though a decent percentage of E.T.A. students aren't at all.
I.e. involved. Some persons can give themselves away to an ambitious pursuit and
have that be all the giving-themselves-away-to-something they need to do. Though
sometimes this changes as the players get older and the pursuit more
stress-fraught. American experience seems to suggest that people are virtually
unlimited in their need to give themselves away, on various levels. Some just
prefer to do it in secret."
-- David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest
Jul 6, 2010
By Daniel Silliman at 11:16 AM