Poor Yorick Entertainment

Jul 13

Design by Chris Ayers
“Homo Duplex” - B.S. Latrodectus Mactans Productions. Narrator P.A.  Heaven; Super-8 mm; 70 minutes; black and white; sound. Parody of  Woititz and Shulgin’s ‘poststructual antidocumentaries,’ interviews with  fourteen Americans who are named John Wayne but are not the legendary  20th-century film actor John Wayne. MAGNETIC VIDEO (LIMITED RELEASE)
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Two definitions I found for the term homo duplex:
From Answers.com
(cell and molecular biology) A deoxyribonucleic acid duplex in which the nitrogenous bases of the two strands are precisely complementary. From Ahmad Afzaal’s Blog: 
Homo duplex is Latin for “the double human.” It implies that  all humans have two closely related but very distinct sides to their  being. The distinction between these two sides is sometimes experienced  with such sharpness that we may even say that there are two distinct  beings in each human. Each self, then, is double.
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The double nature of humans certainly relates to the character of John Wayne. Wayne is the golden boy of Enfield Tennis Academy but it’s clear that he has a dark side. He’s discovered having a sexual affair with Avril Incandenza and is suspected to be an AFR mole inside ETA. He also goes a little crazy after ingesting some drugs and goes on a rant over the ETA intercom. The name of this film is somewhat mysterious because it seems to obviously refer to the dual nature of John Wayne, but does that mean Incandenza realized the dual nature of Wayne during the making of this film?
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I wanted to add a couple of comments from members of the Poor Yorick Entertainment Facebook page:Jusdon Picco: Dr. Janet Woititz wrote the New York Times Best Seller Adult Children of Alcholics, considered worldwide to be the definitive work describing the issues specific to those who  were raised in families impacted by alcohol, drugs and the dysfunctional  behaviors of others. Alexander Shulgin is the pharmacologist credited  with the popularization of MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy.Jack M. Dominey: I don’t see the Homo Duplex title as referring to  John “NR” Wayne, since if I recall correctly he was left out of the  film when his father refused permission for Incandenza to use footage of  the interview (or to film him at all?).

Design by Chris Ayers

“Homo Duplex” - B.S. Latrodectus Mactans Productions. Narrator P.A. Heaven; Super-8 mm; 70 minutes; black and white; sound. Parody of Woititz and Shulgin’s ‘poststructual antidocumentaries,’ interviews with fourteen Americans who are named John Wayne but are not the legendary 20th-century film actor John Wayne. MAGNETIC VIDEO (LIMITED RELEASE)

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Two definitions I found for the term homo duplex:

From Answers.com

(cell and molecular biology) A deoxyribonucleic acid duplex in which the nitrogenous bases of the two strands are precisely complementary.

From Ahmad Afzaal’s Blog:

Homo duplex is Latin for “the double human.” It implies that all humans have two closely related but very distinct sides to their being. The distinction between these two sides is sometimes experienced with such sharpness that we may even say that there are two distinct beings in each human. Each self, then, is double.

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The double nature of humans certainly relates to the character of John Wayne. Wayne is the golden boy of Enfield Tennis Academy but it’s clear that he has a dark side. He’s discovered having a sexual affair with Avril Incandenza and is suspected to be an AFR mole inside ETA. He also goes a little crazy after ingesting some drugs and goes on a rant over the ETA intercom.

The name of this film is somewhat mysterious because it seems to obviously refer to the dual nature of John Wayne, but does that mean Incandenza realized the dual nature of Wayne during the making of this film?

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I wanted to add a couple of comments from members of the Poor Yorick Entertainment Facebook page:

Jusdon Picco: Dr. Janet Woititz wrote the New York Times Best Seller Adult Children of Alcholics, considered worldwide to be the definitive work describing the issues specific to those who were raised in families impacted by alcohol, drugs and the dysfunctional behaviors of others. Alexander Shulgin is the pharmacologist credited with the popularization of MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy.

Jack M. Dominey:
I don’t see the Homo Duplex title as referring to John “NR” Wayne, since if I recall correctly he was left out of the film when his father refused permission for Incandenza to use footage of the interview (or to film him at all?).

Jul 12

Download hi-res posters for free

Most of these posters are currently available on my Cafe Press shop but I’m going to be shutting it down soon because I’m not even making enough to cover the monthly cost of operating a storefront. So, If you were planning to buy something I would say do it now.

Or, better yet, you can download hi-res print-quality versions of these for free and have them printed at your local copy shop to save yourself a ton of money.  And since I’m giving these away instead of selling them, I can make available the ones with corporate logos like the Subsidized Time and The Whataburger Invitational.

Most of the designs are 11x17 at 300 dpi. All are high resolution jpegs with minimal compression.

Visit this link to download: http://chris-ayers-design.com/poor-yorick-entertainment-downloads

Jul 08

Design by Chris Ayers—————————
Here’s an enlargement of the Choosy Mothers album from the Boston Globe review.Choosy Mothers is referenced in a section about Bruce Green and are one of many suburban, blue collar rock bands that Green grew up listening to. I imagine them to sound something like The Replacements or Bruce Springsteen.  Pretty much the only other thing you can infer about the band comes from its name - that it probably is a reference to Jif peanut butter’s tagline “”Choosy mothers choose Jif”, which has been around for decades. This is pretty literally reflected in the design.In the endnote about Choosy Mothers it states that they are sort of past their prime and somewhat passe and that the band has broken up so that its members can pursue other creative avenues. For this reason (and for lack of an actual album name in the text) I chose to make it a greatest hits album.

Design by Chris Ayers
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Here’s an enlargement of the Choosy Mothers album from the Boston Globe review.

Choosy Mothers is referenced in a section about Bruce Green and are one of many suburban, blue collar rock bands that Green grew up listening to. I imagine them to sound something like The Replacements or Bruce Springsteen.  Pretty much the only other thing you can infer about the band comes from its name - that it probably is a reference to Jif peanut butter’s tagline “”Choosy mothers choose Jif”, which has been around for decades. This is pretty literally reflected in the design.

In the endnote about Choosy Mothers it states that they are sort of past their prime and somewhat passe and that the band has broken up so that its members can pursue other creative avenues. For this reason (and for lack of an actual album name in the text) I chose to make it a greatest hits album.

Jul 07

Design and journalism by Chris Ayers————————————————I owe a great debt to the folks who put together the Infinite Jest Wiki, which has indexed, referenced and organized all of the information that I needed to assemble this.This post is meant to combine all of the disparate elements that I felt didn’t quite justify their own post. I’m happy to finally get around to including feral hamsters in one of these designs. Look at that beady-eyed little bastard. He looks dangerous.

Design and journalism by Chris Ayers
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I owe a great debt to the folks who put together the Infinite Jest Wiki, which has indexed, referenced and organized all of the information that I needed to assemble this.

This post is meant to combine all of the disparate elements that I felt didn’t quite justify their own post. I’m happy to finally get around to including feral hamsters in one of these designs. Look at that beady-eyed little bastard. He looks dangerous.

Jul 06

Design by Chris Ayers—————————It occured to me while creating this poster, that the young members of "Le Culte du Prochain Train" (Cult of the Next Train) are not dissimilar to the students at Enfield Tennis Academy. This is the path they have chosen to becoming men and women, and it may destroy or maim them before all is said and done.It is suggested that John “No Relation” Wayne is a mole for the AFR, of which Le Culte du Prochain Train is a sort of training ground. On Dan Schmidt’s “Notes on Infinite Jest" page I found an interesting tidbit about Wayne’s possible connection to "Le Culte du Prochain Train":
Geoffrey Day’s article on Les Assassins des Fautueils Rollents and Le Jeu du Prochain Train which Struck is plagiarizing says (p. 1060) “Far beyond prohibited, not to jump at all is regarded as impossible. To “perdre son coeur [lose one’s heart]” and not jump at all is outside le Jeu’s limit. The possibility simply does not exist. It is unthinkable. Only once, in le Jeu du Prochain Train’s extensive oral history, has a miner’s son not jumped, lost his heart and frozen, remaining on his jut as the round’s train passed. This player later drowned. “Perdre son coeur,” when it is mentioned at all, is known also as “Faire un Bernard Wayne,” in dubious honor of this lone unjumping asbestos miner’s son about whom little beyond his subsequent drowning in the Baskatong Reservoir is known, his name denoting a figure of ridicule and disgust among speakers of the Papineau region vulgate.” So the A.F.R. have some connection to the Wayne family. On p. 262 it is mentioned that Wayne’s father is an asbestos miner.

Design by Chris Ayers
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It occured to me while creating this poster, that the young members of "Le Culte du Prochain Train" (Cult of the Next Train) are not dissimilar to the students at Enfield Tennis Academy. This is the path they have chosen to becoming men and women, and it may destroy or maim them before all is said and done.

It is suggested that John “No Relation” Wayne is a mole for the AFR, of which Le Culte du Prochain Train is a sort of training ground.

On Dan Schmidt’s “Notes on Infinite Jest" page I found an interesting tidbit about Wayne’s possible connection to "Le Culte du Prochain Train":

Geoffrey Day’s article on Les Assassins des Fautueils Rollents and Le Jeu du Prochain Train which Struck is plagiarizing says (p. 1060) “Far beyond prohibited, not to jump at all is regarded as impossible. To “perdre son coeur [lose one’s heart]” and not jump at all is outside le Jeu’s limit. The possibility simply does not exist. It is unthinkable. Only once, in le Jeu du Prochain Train’s extensive oral history, has a miner’s son not jumped, lost his heart and frozen, remaining on his jut as the round’s train passed. This player later drowned. “Perdre son coeur,” when it is mentioned at all, is known also as “Faire un Bernard Wayne,” in dubious honor of this lone unjumping asbestos miner’s son about whom little beyond his subsequent drowning in the Baskatong Reservoir is known, his name denoting a figure of ridicule and disgust among speakers of the Papineau region vulgate.” So the A.F.R. have some connection to the Wayne family. On p. 262 it is mentioned that Wayne’s father is an asbestos miner.

Jul 01

Design by Chris Ayers
“Cage II” - B.S. Latrodectus Mactans Productions. Cosgrove Watt,  Disney Leith; 35 mm; 34 minutes; black and white; sound. Sadistic penal  authorities place a blind convict (Watt) and a deaf-mute convict (Leith)  together in ‘solitary confinement,’ and the two men attempt to devise  ways of communicating with each other. LIMITED CELLULOID RUN;  RE-RELEASED ON MAGNETIC VIDEO————————————————I imagine the only thing worse than being placed in solitary confinement is being stuck there with someone to whom you can’t communicate.The inability to communicate is a major theme in Infinite Jest, and appears in a lot of Incandenza’s films under the Latrodectus Mactans imprint. For Incandenza, making films seems to be the primary way in which he communicates with his family.The cage in “Cage II” refers not only to the cell in which the prisoners are locked, but also their own minds and bodies. One of the most significant driving forces of humanity is the desire to be completely understood by someone else. We all buy into the myth that this is possible and spend our lives looking for that one special person who will live up to that impossible expectation.David Foster Wallace speaks on this theme at length in his 2005 commencement address to Kenyon College graduates. Here is an excerpt that feels appropriate: “I submit that this is what the real, no bullshit, value of your liberal arts education is supposed to be about: how to keep from going through your comfortable, prosperous, respectable adult life dead. Unconscious. A slave to your head and to your natural default setting of being uniquely, completely, imperially alone, day in and day out.” This is basic existential stuff that we will all feel at some point and is very difficult to overcome. The fact that it’s a cliche doesn’t make it any less true. This idea pervades art and pop culture. Here is an example I particularly like:
Arcade Fire - My Body is a Cage "My body is a cage that keeps me  From dancing with the one I love  But my mind holds the key”

Design by Chris Ayers

“Cage II” - B.S. Latrodectus Mactans Productions. Cosgrove Watt, Disney Leith; 35 mm; 34 minutes; black and white; sound. Sadistic penal authorities place a blind convict (Watt) and a deaf-mute convict (Leith) together in ‘solitary confinement,’ and the two men attempt to devise ways of communicating with each other. LIMITED CELLULOID RUN; RE-RELEASED ON MAGNETIC VIDEO
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I imagine the only thing worse than being placed in solitary confinement is being stuck there with someone to whom you can’t communicate.

The inability to communicate is a major theme in Infinite Jest, and appears in a lot of Incandenza’s films under the Latrodectus Mactans imprint. For Incandenza, making films seems to be the primary way in which he communicates with his family.

The cage in “Cage II” refers not only to the cell in which the prisoners are locked, but also their own minds and bodies. One of the most significant driving forces of humanity is the desire to be completely understood by someone else. We all buy into the myth that this is possible and spend our lives looking for that one special person who will live up to that impossible expectation.

David Foster Wallace speaks on this theme at length in his 2005 commencement address to Kenyon College graduates.

Here is an excerpt that feels appropriate: “I submit that this is what the real, no bullshit, value of your liberal arts education is supposed to be about: how to keep from going through your comfortable, prosperous, respectable adult life dead. Unconscious. A slave to your head and to your natural default setting of being uniquely, completely, imperially alone, day in and day out.”

This is basic existential stuff that we will all feel at some point and is very difficult to overcome. The fact that it’s a cliche doesn’t make it any less true. This idea pervades art and pop culture. Here is an example I particularly like:

Arcade Fire - My Body is a Cage
"My body is a cage that keeps me
From dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key”


Jun 30

Design by Chris Ayers“Zero-Gravity Tea Ceremony” - B.S. Latrodectus Mactans Productions.  Ken N. Johnson, Judith Fukuoka-Hearn, Otto Brandt, E.J. Kenkle; 35 mm;  82 minutes; black and white/color; silent. The intricate Ocha-Kai is  conducted 2.5 m. off the ground in the Johnson Space Center’s  zero-gravity-simulation chamber. CELLULOID; INTERLACE TELENT RE-RELEASE  #357-40-01 (Y.P.W.)——————————Upon closer examination, some of Incandenza’s films hold clues to understanding the plot, or at least add a little bit of flavor to the story. I can’t find any evidence that “Zero Gravity Tea Ceremony” is one of those. More likely, it’s just an amusing detail and paints a comical image. To gain some insight I attempted to look up the “intricate Ocha-Kai” ceremony and my search yielded very little information other than the fact that it is Japanese in origin. So, I guess it is what it is.

Design by Chris Ayers

“Zero-Gravity Tea Ceremony” - B.S. Latrodectus Mactans Productions. Ken N. Johnson, Judith Fukuoka-Hearn, Otto Brandt, E.J. Kenkle; 35 mm; 82 minutes; black and white/color; silent. The intricate Ocha-Kai is conducted 2.5 m. off the ground in the Johnson Space Center’s zero-gravity-simulation chamber. CELLULOID; INTERLACE TELENT RE-RELEASE #357-40-01 (Y.P.W.)
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Upon closer examination, some of Incandenza’s films hold clues to understanding the plot, or at least add a little bit of flavor to the story. I can’t find any evidence that “Zero Gravity Tea Ceremony” is one of those. More likely, it’s just an amusing detail and paints a comical image. To gain some insight I attempted to look up the “intricate Ocha-Kai” ceremony and my search yielded very little information other than the fact that it is Japanese in origin. So, I guess it is what it is.

Jun 26

Photo by Chris Ayers
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I was in Tucson this weekend and I stopped by the Randolph Tennis Center, home of the Whataburger Southwest Junior Invitational. It’s not hard to imagine David Foster Wallace playing quite a few games on these courts while he attended the University of Arizona.You can see the rest of the photos on Poor Yorick Entertainment’s Facebook page.

Photo by Chris Ayers

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I was in Tucson this weekend and I stopped by the Randolph Tennis Center, home of the Whataburger Southwest Junior Invitational. It’s not hard to imagine David Foster Wallace playing quite a few games on these courts while he attended the University of Arizona.

You can see the rest of the photos on Poor Yorick Entertainment’s Facebook page.

Jun 24

Design by Chris Ayers
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For all his verbosity, David Foster Wallace knows when to deploy a succinct phrase, like a dagger to the heart. This is one of the posters that, along with various AA bumper stickers, adorns one of the male bedrooms at Ennet House.

Design by Chris Ayers

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For all his verbosity, David Foster Wallace knows when to deploy a succinct phrase, like a dagger to the heart. This is one of the posters that, along with various AA bumper stickers, adorns one of the male bedrooms at Ennet House.


Jun 20

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For fans of Michael Pemulis, Enfield Tennis Academy’s junior drug lord and supplier of clean urine.

Design by Chris Ayers
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For fans of Michael Pemulis, Enfield Tennis Academy’s junior drug lord and supplier of clean urine.

Jun 16

Poor Yorick Entertainment merchandise is now available through your Teleputer via my shop on Cafe Press. They offer prints, mugs, magnets, postcards and all sorts of junk you probably don’t need. I may have gotten carried away with applying these designs to various products, but if there is any combination of design/product you don’t see but would like to purchase, please let me know via e-mail. If you want to order some Infinite Jest-related “intimate apparel” you’re going to have to make a special request. We’ll keep it just between us, I promise.Some of the designs on this site are not available for purchase because they contain either corporate logos or someone else’s artwork.http://www.cafepress.com/PoorYorickEntertainment

Poor Yorick Entertainment merchandise is now available through your Teleputer via my shop on Cafe Press. They offer prints, mugs, magnets, postcards and all sorts of junk you probably don’t need. I may have gotten carried away with applying these designs to various products, but if there is any combination of design/product you don’t see but would like to purchase, please let me know via e-mail. If you want to order some Infinite Jest-related “intimate apparel” you’re going to have to make a special request. We’ll keep it just between us, I promise.

Some of the designs on this site are not available for purchase because they contain either corporate logos or someone else’s artwork.

http://www.cafepress.com/PoorYorickEntertainment

Jun 14

Design by Chris AyersI’m fairly certain that this is the only illustration in existence whose subject is a covert meeting between a paraplegic double agent from a Quebecois terrorist group and a cross-dressing federal agent/magazine journalist in Tucson, AZ.This is a bit outside the main focus of this project, which, up until this point, has been to illustrate products and artifacts that exist within the world of Infinite Jest rather than specific characters, scenes or situations. But the image I had in my head was just too good to pass up. I did manage to frame it within a promotional poster for Tucson tourism.Hugh/Helen Steepley and Remy Marathe function as a sort of ersatz Greek chorus, commenting at various intervals on the plot. Perched atop a mountain in Tucson, they literally and metaphorically have the best vantage point of any of the novel’s characters. In keeping with the other allusions to Hamlet, a better comparison might be to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.One of the novel’s remaining mysteries is how the hell they get up or down that mountain, what with Marathe’s wheelchair and Steepley in those heels.The visual inspiration for this piece is the WPA tourism posters from the 40’s, especially this one.

Design by Chris Ayers

I’m fairly certain that this is the only illustration in existence whose subject is a covert meeting between a paraplegic double agent from a Quebecois terrorist group and a cross-dressing federal agent/magazine journalist in Tucson, AZ.

This is a bit outside the main focus of this project, which, up until this point, has been to illustrate products and artifacts that exist within the world of Infinite Jest rather than specific characters, scenes or situations. But the image I had in my head was just too good to pass up. I did manage to frame it within a promotional poster for Tucson tourism.

Hugh/Helen Steepley and Remy Marathe function as a sort of ersatz Greek chorus, commenting at various intervals on the plot. Perched atop a mountain in Tucson, they literally and metaphorically have the best vantage point of any of the novel’s characters. In keeping with the other allusions to Hamlet, a better comparison might be to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

One of the novel’s remaining mysteries is how the hell they get up or down that mountain, what with Marathe’s wheelchair and Steepley in those heels.

The visual inspiration for this piece is the WPA tourism posters from the 40’s, especially this one.



Design by Chris Ayers
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“Fun With Teeth” - B.S. Latrodectus Mactans Productions. Herbert G.  Birch, Billy Tolan, Pam Heath; 35 mm; 73 minutes; black and white;  silent w/ non-human screams and howls. Kosinski/Updike/Peckinpah parody,  a dentist (Birch) performs sixteen unanesthetized root-canal procedures  on an academic (Tolan) he suspects of involvement with his wife.  MAGNETIC VIDEO, PRIVATELY RELEASED BY LATRODECTUS MACTANS PRODCUTIONS
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Fun With Teeth is a pretty insignificant film in the Incandenza canon. Like most of his films in the Latrodectus Mactans period, it seems to be a way of dealing with his wife’s infidelity. The description of the film makes it sound like nothing more than a revenge fantasy of the most grisly and painful kind.  It references a relationship between the onscreen wife and “an academic”. One of the previous films, “Union of Theoretical Grammararians in Cambridge”, is a documentary of a debate between James’ wife Avril and real world professor and linguistics scientist Steven Pinker. We also know that she has an Ed.D and a Ph.D, so despite being described as “agoraphobic” she obviously spends some time in an academic setting.  The affair with the “academic” is probably insignificant, given how many other affairs she is reputed to have had. This is one agoraphobe who really gets around.I won’t blame anyone for not liking this image. I find it hard to look at, myself.

Design by Chris Ayers

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“Fun With Teeth” - B.S. Latrodectus Mactans Productions. Herbert G. Birch, Billy Tolan, Pam Heath; 35 mm; 73 minutes; black and white; silent w/ non-human screams and howls. Kosinski/Updike/Peckinpah parody, a dentist (Birch) performs sixteen unanesthetized root-canal procedures on an academic (Tolan) he suspects of involvement with his wife. MAGNETIC VIDEO, PRIVATELY RELEASED BY LATRODECTUS MACTANS PRODCUTIONS

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Fun With Teeth is a pretty insignificant film in the Incandenza canon. Like most of his films in the Latrodectus Mactans period, it seems to be a way of dealing with his wife’s infidelity. The description of the film makes it sound like nothing more than a revenge fantasy of the most grisly and painful kind.  It references a relationship between the onscreen wife and “an academic”. One of the previous films, “Union of Theoretical Grammararians in Cambridge”, is a documentary of a debate between James’ wife Avril and real world professor and linguistics scientist Steven Pinker. We also know that she has an Ed.D and a Ph.D, so despite being described as “agoraphobic” she obviously spends some time in an academic setting.  The affair with the “academic” is probably insignificant, given how many other affairs she is reputed to have had. This is one agoraphobe who really gets around.

I won’t blame anyone for not liking this image. I find it hard to look at, myself.

Jun 13

I have uploaded two of my Infinite Jest designs to my t-shirt shop, 1% Designs on Skreened.com. I chose these two because I thought they were the designs best suited for t-shirts but I will be happy to make the other designs available for purchase if there are requests. Please keep in mind that a few of the more popular designs (Whataburger, Subsidized Time, Medusa vs The Odalisque) are not available for purchase because they contain corporate logos or the work of another artist.The ETA and Eschaton t-shirts are still available from Jeanette Levy’s shop.A few people have inquired about buying prints of some of these designs. I am currently working on a way to provide prints. Stay tuned.

I have uploaded two of my Infinite Jest designs to my t-shirt shop, 1% Designs on Skreened.com. I chose these two because I thought they were the designs best suited for t-shirts but I will be happy to make the other designs available for purchase if there are requests. Please keep in mind that a few of the more popular designs (Whataburger, Subsidized Time, Medusa vs The Odalisque) are not available for purchase because they contain corporate logos or the work of another artist.

The ETA and Eschaton t-shirts are still available from Jeanette Levy’s shop.

A few people have inquired about buying prints of some of these designs. I am currently working on a way to provide prints. Stay tuned.

Design by Chris Ayers
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One of the stranger things about Infinite Jest is the wild shift in tone between describing the personal and the political. Wallace’s descriptions of his characters’ personal lives are heart-wrenchingly sad, beautiful and genuine; his take on the political world that these people inhabit is highly satirical and absurd.The logo for the NAFTA-esque Organization of North American Nations (O.N.A.N.) is described as “a snarling full-front eagle with a broom and a can of disinfectant in one claw and a Maple Leaf in the other and wearing a sombrero”.  The maple leaf and sombrero refer to Canada and Mexico of course; the broom and disinfectant a reference to germaphobe President Johnny Gentle and his Clean U.S. Party (C.U.S.P.), and their pro-hygiene and cleanliness platform.The acronym O.N.A.N. is likely a reference to the biblical Onan, whose name has become synonymous with masturbation (onanism). Perhaps Wallace is trying to say that the United States is trying to remake Canada and Mexico in its image - a country that is wasteful and only concerned with self-pleasuring.

Design by Chris Ayers

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One of the stranger things about Infinite Jest is the wild shift in tone between describing the personal and the political. Wallace’s descriptions of his characters’ personal lives are heart-wrenchingly sad, beautiful and genuine; his take on the political world that these people inhabit is highly satirical and absurd.

The logo for the NAFTA-esque Organization of North American Nations (O.N.A.N.) is described as “a snarling full-front eagle with a broom and a can of disinfectant in one claw and a Maple Leaf in the other and wearing a sombrero”. 

The maple leaf and sombrero refer to Canada and Mexico of course; the broom and disinfectant a reference to germaphobe President Johnny Gentle and his Clean U.S. Party (C.U.S.P.), and their pro-hygiene and cleanliness platform.

The acronym O.N.A.N. is likely a reference to the biblical Onan, whose name has become synonymous with masturbation (onanism). Perhaps Wallace is trying to say that the United States is trying to remake Canada and Mexico in its image - a country that is wasteful and only concerned with self-pleasuring.